To find a sophomore as productive as Devin White has been this season for LSU, Ed Orgeron has to think back all the way to the early 1990s when he coached a young player by the name of Warren Sapp.
Orgeron compared his current linebacker to the Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle on the weekly Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference Wednesday morning.
"We’re fortunate to have him and Rashard Lawrence," said of White's leadership abilities as a sophomore. "Both have been leaders for us. Obviously Devin’s a lot more productive. The last time I had a sophomore like that was Warren Sapp at Miami"
White currently leads the SEC with 77 tackles this season, 18 more than the league’s next closest defender, Vanderbilt safety LaDarius Wiley.
Orgeron helped recruit Sapp to Miami out of high school and even convinced him to switch to defensive line, where Orgeron coached, from his original linebacker spot.
From there, Sapp went on to receive several national awards in college before becoming a seven time Pro Bowler in the NFL.
This isn’t the first time Orgeron compared a current LSU player to Sapp. He did so on the Paul Finebaum Show a few months ago with running back Derrius Guice in terms of the energy they bring to the game.
- Orgeron listed both safety John Battle and right tackle Toby Weathersby as questionable for this weekend's game at Ole Miss, saying "hopefully they won't play," but added it would be a game time decision.
- Ole Miss coach Matt Luke called LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada's scheme "very unique in what he does" during his time on the teleconference. He spoke of how the speed sweeps and motion in the Tigers offense helps to set up the power run game by creating misdirection and personnel matchups.
- Asked about the history of the Ole Miss rivalry, Orgeron, who coached at both schools during his career, said not much has changed since he grew up watching the game.
- When Luke received the same question, he noted the 1997 and 1998 Ole Miss wins as particularly memorable, as well as the 2003 meeting in which the Tigers beat future NFL quarterback Eli Manning.
- The entirety of Orgeron's time on the conference call lasted a little more than three minutes before members of the media ran out of questions. The time slot is usually 10 minutes or until there are no more questions.