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Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Linebacker Devin White starts a drill, with new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda behind him, at LSU's second practice of spring football drills, Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

Position: Linebacker

Spring Depth Chart (immediate backup):

Mack (ILB): Kendell Beckwith (Devin White)

Rover (ILB): Duke Riley (Donnie Alexander)

F (OLB): Tashawn Bower (Corey Thompson)

Projected Fall Depth Chart:

Mack (ILB): Kendell Beckwith (Devin White)

Rover (ILB): Duke Riley (Donnie Alexander)

F (OLB): Corey Thompson (Michael Divinity/Rahssan Thornton)

Three Things Learned

Impressive rookie: Devin White was on campus all of two months when LSU cranked up spring football practice. A week into drills, new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda told a couple of reporters that White had impressed him. Coach Les Miles, later during spring, praised White, too. The freshman even led LSU in tackles during one scrimmage. It’s clear White will have a role this upcoming season as the immediate backup to Kendell Beckwith and a key special teams player.

The F: LSU’s two new outside linebacker positions are the F (most similar to a strong-side linebacker) and the Buck (a defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid). The Buck is included in our Spring Position Recap for defensive line. Why? The Buck player practices during individual position drills with the D-line. The F is more of a traditional outside linebacker, dropping into coverage often, whereas the Buck rushes more often. You see a change in our F linebacker depth chart above. We eliminated Tashawn Bower, who was moved there midway through spring practice. I’m not certain Bower remains in that position, and coaches really like Thompson.

Duke, the new Deion: The Rover role in LSU’s new 3-4 defense is similar to a weak-side linebacker, a versatile player who can blitz, play the run and cover in space – the same one Deion Jones did so well last year and Kwon Alexander held the season before. Can Duke be the next Deion? He’s a four-year player finally getting his chance to star.