Les Miles says LSU freshman linebacker Devin White shines Saturday; see stats from closed scrimmage _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --LSU LB Devin White (24) works in defensive drills during LSU Spring Football practice Thursday.

Devin White’s been on LSU’s campus all of three months, and he’s already making waves.

White, a rookie who enrolled in January, led LSU’s defense in tackles during the Tigers’ first full spring scrimmage on Saturday in Tiger Stadium, coach Les Miles said. Reporters were not allowed to watch the scrimmage.

White, a highly recruited player out of North Webster, signed with LSU as a running back, but coaches moved him to linebacker before spring drills.

It’s paying off. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda raved about the 6-foot-1, 255-pounder earlier this week, and Miles suggested Thursday that he’ll see plenty of action this season as a rookie. White moved into the No. 1 group during practice Thursday, joining Donnie Alexander as the top two inside linebackers in drills.

“He has a natural instinct. He gets up in it. Pretty special,” the coach said. “He’s going to be an every-down player very quickly.”

LSU’s first full scrimmage included 100-plus plays, Miles said. Three quarterbacks rotated with the first and second string, each getting a shot to show off in a competition for the starting job.

What’s the difference in LSU’s passing game this spring as opposed to last year?

“I think there’s more confidence, touch with the quarterbacks. They understand the play and extending plays with their feet,” Miles said. “If our quarterbacks maintain poise, continue to play like they’re playing, let playmakers make plays, extend plays with their feet, we’ll be a really good offense.”

The Stats
According to Les Miles. Media was not allowed to watch the scrimmage.


  • Brandon Harris: 16 for 20, 246 yards
  • Danny Etling: 14 for 18, 220 yards
  • Justin McMillan: 11 for 14, 226 yards


  • Derrius Guice: 14 rushes, 73 yards
  • Darrel Williams: 12 for 54 yards


  • Malachi Dupre: 80 yards (long of 25)
  • Derrius Guice: 35 yard TD reception
  • Jacory Washington: TD reception
  • Derrick Dillon: 50-yard TD reception


  • Arden Key: Led the defense in getting into the backfield, Miles said.
  • Devin White: Led the defensive in tackles
  • Saivion Smith: INT (tipped)


  • Corey Thompson, a safety-turned-outside linebacker, has returned to full health. He scrimmaged, Miles said.
  • Miles said he’s unsure LSU’s had a scrimmage where “we had three quarterbacks play as well as they have today.”
  • Asked about Danny Etling, Miles said, “He threw the ball. He’s very accurate. It was a windy day. You were battling east and west, sometimes north and south. I really enjoyed our quarterback play overall, considering what we were throwing into.”

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