LSU selects team captains for 2015 season

Les Miles announced Monday the six LSU team captains for the 2015 season.

Les Miles announced Monday during a press conference the six players that will be LSU's team captains for the 2015 season.

They are: Jerald Hawkins and Vadal Alexander on offense; Tre'Davious White and Kendell Beckwith on defense; and Jamie Keehn and Reid Ferguson on special teams.

Both Hawkins and Alexander decided against leaving for the NFL early. They return for the 2015 season as the starters at the two tackle spots, Hawkins on the left and Alexander on the right.

Hawkins has started 26 consecutive games since 2013, when as a redshirt freshman he became LSU's starting right tackle. He spent the last two seasons there before making the switch to left tackle in the spring. Hawkins had 43 knockdowns last season and played every offensive snap in each of LSU's last five games.

Alexander entered the starting lineup early in his freshman season. He's maintained that spot ever since, playing both right tackle and left guard. He played tackle as a freshman before spending the last two years at guard. He's now back at right tackle for his final season at LSU.

White was chosen to wear LSU's No. 18 jersey this season, the number given to the player that best represents LSU both on and off the field. He's entering his third season as one of LSU's starting cornerbacks. He is also LSU's No. 1 punt returner and brought one back for a touchdown last season.

In his career, he has 88 tackles, four interceptions and 13 pass breakups.

Beckwith took over as LSU's starting middle linebacker in the seventh week of last season. He played a key part in turning around an LSU defense that finished atop the SEC. He has 88 career tackles to go with 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks.

Keehn averaged 44.9 yards-per-punt in 2014 and set a school record in total punting yards with 3,189. His 43.4-yard career average ranks third in LSU history.

Ferguson has been LSU's starting long snapper through all three of his previous seasons with LSU. He's taken part in 372 total snaps and has only missed one, which happened in his first collegiate game back in 2012.

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