Tre’Davious White knows that his future in football is at cornerback, but he can now show NFL teams that he’s played a full game at another position.
“I try to not be a one-trick pony,” LSU’s rising senior defensive back said in an interview last week.
White played safety and the nickel position in a defensive package the Tigers used in a 56-27 win over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 29. Then-defensive coordinator Kevin Steele installed the package to combat a Tech pass-heavy offense, moving White from his cornerback position.
The Red Raiders’ 399 yards of offense fell nearly 200 yards below their season average, and their 27 points were the second-lowest of the year for coach Cliff Kingsbury’s aerial attack.
LSU ran the package most of the game. White either played free safety or covered the slot receiver as the nickelback.
“It was fun,” White said last week. “It was just a package we had in because, obviously, they were going to pass a lot. Coach Steele thought it was a good idea to mix it up a little bit, playing in the slot and at safety. I really enjoyed it.”
White has returned to his normal cornerback role in LSU’s spring practice. The Tigers restart spring drills on Tuesday after taking off this week for spring break. Donte Jackson and Ed Paris have been working at the cornerback spot opposite White, with starting cornerback Kevin Toliver out while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Still, White will always have that game tape to flash his versatility to NFL squads. The Shreveport native was projected as, at worst, a second-round draft pick, but he’s remaining in school for his senior season.
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