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#52 Kendell Beckwith
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 252 lbs.
Class: Senior
Experience: 3 Letters
City/State: Clinton, La.
High School: East Feliciana HS
Major: Sports Administration
Born: 12/02/1994
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Kendell Beckwith Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 07/11/2016

2015 Bednarik Award Semifinalist
2015 Butkus Award Semifinalist
2014 SEC Defensive Player of the Week (vs. Ole Miss)

Team leader entering his senior season after turning down a chance to enter the NFL Draft … One of the SEC’s top linebackers who could challenge for conference and national honors in 2016 … Combines rare abilities and speed rarely seen in a linebacker his size … A gifted athlete who that also starred at quarterback in high school … For career he has played in 37 games with 19 starts … Racked up 172 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks in his career … Off the field, he has a passion for the outdoors, in particular horse, and he has owned eight horses during his life … Currently owns and cares for three horses – Vicky Marie, CoCo Chanel and Rozay.

JUNIOR SEASON (2015)
A semifinalist for both the Bednarik and Butkus Awards after finishing second on the team with 84 tackles … Started all 12 games at Mike linebacker and tallied 10.0 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks … Earned his first sack of the season and forced a fumble against Texas A&M ... Had a second straight double-digit tackle game with a team-best 11 tackles at Alabama ... Recorded another double-digit tackle game with 10 stops, including 2.0 TFLs, vs. Western Kentucky ... Added eight tackles and one TFL against Florida ... Led the team again with five tackles vs. South Carolina ... Tied for the team lead with eight tackles, including 2.0 TFL, versus Eastern Michigan ... Tied his career high with 11 tackles in the season opener at Mississippi State ... Wrapped up the season with a fantastic performance in the Texas Bowl against Texas Tech where he tied for the team lead with eight tackles and added a staggering 4.0 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks, both of which are single-game career highs.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014)
Played in all 13 games with seven starts … Took over as the starting at middle linebacker against Florida in week 7 … Started the remaining seven games for the Tigers at that spot … Key member of LSU defense that helped the Tigers rank first in the SEC in total defense (316.8 yards per game) and pass defense (164.2 yards per game) and No. 2 in scoring defense (17.5 points per game) … In first career start, helped LSU to road win over the Gators … Finished season ranked second on team with 77 tackles … Added 7.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks … Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in LSU’s 10-7 win over No. 3 ranked and undefeated Ole Miss in Oct. 25 … Had 11 tackles, one tackle for a 2-yard loss, a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup in the victory over the Rebels … Teamed with Jermauria Rasco and stopped Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace on 4th-and-1 rushing play inside LSU territory during the final two minutes to help clinch the victory … Picked up four tackles and recovered a fumble in the closing minutes of regulation versus No. 4 Alabama ... Added seven stops fueled by a career-high two tackles for loss in road win over Texas A&M … Capped season with nine tackles and a tackle for a 2-yard loss against Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl … Had seven tackles and a sack for an 8-yard loss in win over Sam Houston State … Racked up six tackles against Mississippi State … A week later returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown to go with four tackles in win over New Mexico State … In season-opener had one tackle and successfully converted a fake punt with a 5-yard run against Wisconsin in the third quarter ... The five-yard rush gave the Tigers a first down and led to a field goal which sparked LSU’s 17-point comeback against the Badgers ... Had six tackles and his first career fumble recovery at Auburn ... Amassed nine tackles versus Kentucky.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2013)
Played in 12 games with no starts as a true freshman in 2013 … Made biggest impact in win over Florida with a sack for an 8-yard loss on fourth-down with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter … The sack resulted in a fumble and a turnover on downs for the Gators in the 17-6 LSU victory … Had two tackles in back-to-back games vs. UAB and Kent State in September … Playing time increased as season progressed … Had one solo tackle in win over Iowa in Outback Bowl … Finished rookie season with 11 total tackles and sack for an 8-yard loss.

HIGH SCHOOL
One of the nation’s premier outside linebacker prospects for the Class of 2013 … One of the state’s top defenders while finishing his senior season with 91 total tackles, including 17 sacks and 23 tackles for loss … Also forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles on the year … A consensus four-star recruit by all of the national recruiting services … An Under Armour All-American who competed for Team Nitro at the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game held on Jan. 4 in Tampa, Fla. … Committed to LSU live on national television during ESPN’s broadcast of the Under Armour All-America Game … Was also named a 2012 MaxPreps Small Schools First-Team All-American as a high school senior … Named to the PrepStar Top 150 Dream team as the No. 86 overall player in the nation … Tabbed as the No. 2-ranked recruit in Louisiana by ESPN, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports … Ranked as high as the No. 41 recruit nationally regardless of position and the fourth-ranked athlete in the ESPN 150 for 2013 … Also ranked No. 68 nationally in the Top247 by 247Sports, No. 84 in the Rivals100 and No. 138 in the Scout 300 … The nation’s fifth-ranked athlete by Rivals.com … Ranked as the No. 7 outside linebacker nationally by 247Sports … Also the nation’s 15th-ranked defensive end by Scout.com for 2013 … A member of the Advocate Super Dozen … Named the Class 3A Defensive Most Valuable Player and a first-team Class 3A all-state selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association while leading East Feliciana High School to a berth in the state semifinals with a 9-4 record in 2012 … Honored as the inaugural winner of the 104.5 ESPN Capital City Prep Player of the Year award with his effort in 2012 … Named the 2012 Warrick Dunn Award winner and the WAFB Sportsline Player of the Year … Kicked off the recruiting process with an invitational to attend “The Opening” on July 5, which is an all-star prospect camp held each summer on the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Ore. … Coached at East Feliciana High School by Cedric Anderson.

PERSONAL
Born on Dec. 2, 1994 … Parents are Wendell and Urhonda Beckwith … Brother, Wendell Beckwith, Jr., plays defensive end for Tulane University … Cousin, Darry Beckwith, was a two-time second-team All-SEC linebacker at LSU during his collegiate career from 2005-08 before signing a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers in 2009 … Majoring in sports administration.

BECKWITH’S CAREER HIGHS
Total tackles: 11, 3x (Last: at Alabama, 2015; First: Ole Miss, 2014)
Tackles for loss: 4.0 vs. Texas Tech, 2015
Sacks: 2.5 vs. Texas Tech, 2015

BECKWITH'S CAREER STATISTICS 

Year
G-GS
UT
AT
TT
TFL
Sacks
PBU
QBH
INT
FF
FR
2013
12-0
5
6
11
1.0-8
1.0-8
0
0
0-0
1
0-0
2014 13-7
36
41 77
7.5-26
2.0-14
3 2 1-29 0
2-0
2015 12-12 50 34 84 10.0-40 3.5-28 1 1 0-0 2 0-0
Totals
37-19
91
81
172
18.5-74
6.5-50
4
3
1-29
3
2-0