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LSU running back Leonard Fournette speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Offensive lineman Ethan Pocic and defensive back Tre’Davious White passed on entering the NFL draft, choosing to return for their senior seasons.

Their prize: Southeastern Conference media days.

Pocic and White will join running back Leonard Fournette as LSU’s player representatives at SEC media days, a four-day media extravaganza in a Birmingham suburb that kicks off college football’s hype season.

SEC media days begins Monday and runs through Thursday at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama. The Tigers are scheduled to appear on Thursday, along with Ole Miss and South Carolina.

Fournette, a Heisman Trophy hopeful, makes his second straight appearance at the event. He found himself in the spotlight last year at media days, a mass of television cameramen and reporters following his every move through the Wynfrey Hotel’s second floor ball rooms.

Pocic and White, a pair of seniors, are making their first appearance at media days. Pocic underwent hip surgery in the spring and missed spring practice – partly a reason for his decision to pass on the NFL draft. Many projected him in the top four rounds. White said he was projected as high as a late first round pick.

LSU brought Fournette, offensive lineman Vadal Alexander and linebacker Kendell Beckwith to media days last year.

You can find the full SEC media days schedule here and all of the attendees here.

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