After having the coveted No. 18 jersey bestowed on him during a team meeting Wednesday night, LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White still couldn’t believe his good fortune after the first practice of preseason camp Thursday morning.
White slipped on his new jersey, which is awarded to the player who “best exemplifies how a LSU football player should conduct himself on and off the field” a little more than 12 hours after coach Les Miles made the announcement toward the end of the Tigers’ welcome-back meeting.
White became the eighth player to receive the number since quarterback Matt Mauck wore it while leading LSU to the 2003 BCS national title. He said it definitely had a different feel to it than the No. 16 he wore his first two seasons.
No one had to tell White, a junior from Shreveport, about the tremendous responsibility that comes with the number switch.
“It’s being a great guy on and off the field,” he said. “(It’s) being a leader, doing everything the right way and taking young guys under your wing. It’s pretty much doing all the right things.”
White, who joins Brandon Taylor as the only defensive backs to wear the number since Mauck, said he has big plans for his reign this fall. Taylor, who won the honor to wear the number in 2011, texted White and also congratulated him via Instagram.
“Everybody was congratulating me (before practice) and kind of looking around because we pretty much know what happened the last time 18 was in the secondary,” a smiling White said. “We went 13-1 in 2011, so I plan on doing some great things in it.”
White said he didn’t expect to win the honor, which he thought would go to senior linebacker Deion Jones.
“It’s big, it’s big,” White said. “It’s a testimony that hard work does pay off. … It’s a pretty big deal.”
LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron did more than coach his players Thursday morning during the Tigers’ first camp practice – he was recruiting while coaching, in a way.
Defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the nation’s top-ranked 2016 recruit, watched the Tigers practice Thursday, focusing much of his attention on Orgeron and his D-line. Gary, a five star prospect from New Jersey, visited LSU with his mother on Wednesday and Thursday.
LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture hosted Gary during his unofficial visit, touring him around campus and Baton Rouge.
“This is Defensive Line University,” LaCouture says he tells all of the recruits who visit the school.
Thompson, Thomas back
Corey Thompson is back. And so is Quentin Thomas.
Thomas, a defensive tackle recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured biceps, practiced for the first time since the bowl week in December. Thompson, a junior safety who rehabilitated from a 2013 knee injury, also rejoined the team at practice.
Thomas and Thompson did not participate in spring drills. Thomas had biceps surgery in the off-season, and Thompson had a minor procedure on his knee in January. Thomas played last season with two torn biceps. Thompson tore his anterior cruciate ligament late in the 2013 season and hasn’t full recovered, missing all of last season. He participated, for a short time, in preseason camp last year.
Louis has pec injury
Linebacker Lamar Louis suffered an injury to his pectoral (chest) muscle and wore a green non-contact jersey during drills Thursday.
Louis, a junior who’s projected as a starter at strong-side linebacker, said the green jersey was for precaution. He could have played in a game and should return to full contact soon, he said.
Louis was benching 420 pounds when he suffered the injury.
“Too much weight,” he said smiling.
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