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LSU Player Profile: Tre'Davious White

In this edition of Tiger Blitz' Player Profiles, Christian details Tre'Davious White, LSU's team captain, cornerback and nickelback.

Position: Cornerback/nickel

Size: 6-0, 197

Year: Senior - 3 letters

High School: Green Oaks High School

Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana


Tre'Davious White passed up on Cornell University to play football at LSU. White, a quarterback in high school who scored 72 touchdowns in high school, chose Baton Rouge instead of the Ivy League's Cornell (Mississippi State offered White too). White was the valedictorian at Green Oaks High School with a 4.3 GPA, and a four-star athlete who played on both sides of the ball and a dual-sport talent as he played basketball, too.

"Tre is very smart," Jamal Adams said on Monday.

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"Tre' is very unique," Adams said.

A lock-down, man-to-man cornerback who prides himself on his 1-on-1 cover skills, White passed on a possible first, or second, round selection in this year's NFL Draft to return to his fourth season as a starter at LSU.

White wears the coveted team's captain No. 18 jersey, presented by Les Miles and chosen by all coaches and Miles, to honor the team leader. 

"The No. 18 is synonymous with success – both on and off the field – as well as a selfless attitude that has become the epitome of being an LSU football player," White's official LSU biography reads.

White played, and started, in 11 games last season, only missing one (knee injury) in which Western Kentucky completed 37-of-61 passes for 325 yards against LSU's secondary on Oct. 24, 2015.

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Outlook for 2016

You may see White blitzing in 2016 from his new defensive position.

"I'm excited. I'm ready to get this started," White said on Monday while meeting with reporters. "I'm moving to a different spot, so I just want to show everyone what I can do."

White, a three-year starting cornerback, retains the outside cornerback position, for the most post.

With the arrival of Dave Aranda, LSU's new defensive coordinator by way of Wisconsin, comes a new scheme — the 3-4 defense. In the set, is a five-man defensive back package at times.

When the Tigers go five-wide — named "nickel," like the U.S. 5-cent coin — White will slide into the nickel position: the freelancing, fifth defensive back, pushed closer toward the line of scrimmage able to do just about anything — covering the tailback out of the backfield, blitzing or covering inside receivers.

White said LSU may most use the nickel package if, and when, in passing situations such as third-and-long.

"It's going to be on us to get off the field on third down in that nickel," he said.

The Tigers may use the five-man defensive crew as the primary passing defense. But, with Aranda comes deception. So if the five defensive backs are there, don't be surprised if No. 18 comes blitzing into the backfield for a sack.

"It's my last year," White said. "I just want to make some memorable moments."

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