Four Tigers on AFCA All-America Teams
WACO, Texas – LSU senior cornerback Tre'Davious White earned his second first-team All-America honor on Wednesday as he joined teammates Jamal Adams, Kendell Beckwith and Ethan Pocic in being recognized on the 2016 AFCA Coaches’ All-America Teams the organization announced.
White was the four first team defensive backs selected to the list, while Pocic was the second team center, Beckwith one of the three second team linebackers and Adams as one of the four second team defensive backs rounding out the LSU contingent. White, Pocic and Beckwith have been named to five All-America teams, while Adams has been selected to four.
The SEC led all conferences with 16 total All-America selections, as in the history of the AFCA Coaches’ All-America teams a total of 31 LSU players have been represented on the list 35 times. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. Beginning this year, the AFCA has started selecting a first and second team.
Hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana, White has started all 11 games for the Tigers this season tying for the team lead with two interceptions to go along with his 31 total tackles and 4.0 tackles for loss. He’s been an integral part of the LSU defense since his debut season in 2013, starting 46 total games in his career.
Earlier this season, White became the first non-offensive player in LSU history to score touchdowns in the first two games of the season, as in the opener against Wisconsin he returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown, while the very next week he returned a punt 60 yards for a score against Jacksonville State at home, moving into a tie for second place at LSU with three career punt return TD’s in being named the SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week.
One of the top offensive linemen in LSU’s history, Pocic started all 11 games for the Tigers in 2016, with 10 starts coming at center and one at right tackle. He led all LSU offensive linemen in total snaps played (680), knockdowns (92), and “great effort” plays (33). He had double-digit knockdown blocks in four games, including having a season-high 14 knockdowns in a win over Texas A&M, allowing just one sack all season.
Pocic earned the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honor three times in wins against Missouri, Ole Miss, and Arkansas. With Pocic at center, the LSU offense averaged 238.1 rushing yards per game and allowed only 18 sacks all season, the second-lowest total in the SEC. LSU running backs also had record games as Leonard Fournette rushed for 284 yards against the Rebels, while Derrius Guice ran for 252 against Arkansas and 285 in the season finale at Texas A&M to set a new single-game school record.
Coming back for his senior season, Beckwith picked up right where he left off in his junior year by starting 10 games in the linebacker core, leading the team with 91 total tackles, including six tackles for loss and a sack. Beckwith finished second in the league averaging 9.1 tackles per game, registering double figure stops three times and includes having a career-high 16 against Alabama.
Adams finished the regular season third on the team in tackles with 70, with an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery to his credit. His 37 assisted tackles are the most for any defender on the team, earning a pair of double-digit tackle games with 11 against Southern Miss and a career-high 13 at Auburn.
LSU takes on the Louisville Cardinals on December 31 at 10 a.m. CT in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
2016 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team - First Team
Pos., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl., School, Coach, Hometown (High School)
WR, Dede Westbrook 6-0, 176, R-Sr., Oklahoma, Bob Stoops, Cameron, Texas (Yoe)
WR, Corey Davis, 6-3, 213, Sr., Western Michigan, P.J. Fleck, Wheaton, Ill. (Warrenville South)
TE, Jake Butt, 6-6, 250, Sr., Michigan, Jim Harbaugh, Pickerington, Ohio (North)
OL, Cam Robinson, 6-6, 310, Jr., Alabama Nick Saban, Monroe, La. (West Monroe)
OL, Billy Price, 6-4, 315, Jr., Ohio State, Urban Meyer, Austintown, Ohio (Fitch)
C, Pat Elflein, 6-3, 300, Sr., Ohio State, Urban Meyer, Pickerington, Ohio (North)
OL, Dorian Johnson, 6-5, 315, Sr., Pittsburgh, Pat Narduzzi, Belle Vernon, Pa. (Area)
OL, Cody O’Connell, 6-8, 354, R-Jr., Washington State Mike Leach, Wenatchee, Wash. (Wenatchee)
QB, Lamar Jackson, 6-3, 205, So., Louisville, Bobby Petrino, Pompano Beach, Fla. (Boynton Beach)
RB, Dalvin Cook, 5-11, 213, Jr., Florida State, Jimbo Fisher, Miami, Fla. (Central)
RB, D’Onta Foreman 6-1, 249, Jr., Texas, Charlie Strong, Texas City, Texas (Texas City)
DL, Jonathan Allen, 6-3, 291, Sr., Alabama Nick Saban, Leesburg, Va. (Stone Bridge)
DL, Myles Garrett, 6-5, 270, Jr., Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin, Arlington, Texas (Martin)
DL, Christian Wilkins 6-4, 310, So., Clemson Dabo Swinney, Springfield, Mass. (Suffield (Conn.) Academy)
DL, DeMarcus Walker 6-4, 280, Sr., Florida State, Jimbo Fisher, Jacksonville, Fla. (Sandalwood)
LB, Reuben Foster, 6-1, 228, Sr., Alabama Nick Saban, Auburn, Ala. (Auburn)
LB, Jabrill Peppers, 6-1, 205, Jr., Michigan, Jim Harbaugh, East Orange, N.J. (Paramus Catholic)
LB, Zach Cunningham, 6-4, 230, R-Jr., Vanderbilt, Derek Mason, Pinson, Ala. (Valley)
DB, Minkah Fitzpatrick, 6-1, 203, So., Alabama Nick Saban, Old Bridge, N.J. (St. Peter’s Prep)
DB, Jourdan Lewis, 5-11, 186, Sr., Michigan, Jim Harbaugh, Detroit, Mich. (Cass Technical)
DB, Tre'Davious White, 6-0, 197, Sr., LSU, Ed Orgeron, Shreveport, La. (Green Oaks)
DB, Malik Hooker, 6-2, 205, So., Ohio State, Urban Meyer, New Castle, Pa. (New Castle)
P, Mitch Wishnowsky, 6-2, 220, So., Utah, Kyle Whittingham Gosnells, Western Australia (Lumen Christi)
PK, Zane Gonzalez, 6-1, 195, Sr., Arizona State, Todd Graham, Deer Park, Texas (Deer Park)
AP, Adoree’ Jackson 5-11, 185, Jr., USC, Clay Helton, Belleville, Ill. (Serra)
2016 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team - Second Team
WR, Isaiah Jones, 6-1, 197, Sr., East Carolina, Scottie Montgomery, Austin, Texas (Stephen F. Austin)
WR, JuJu Smith-Schuster, 6-2, 220, Jr., USC, Clay Helton, Long Beach, Calif. (Poly)
TE, Jordan Leggett, 6-5, 260, Sr., Clemson Dabo Swinney, Navarre, Fla. (Navarre),
OL, Kyle Kalis, 6-5, 305, Sr., Michigan, Jim Harbaugh, Lakewood, Ohio (Saint Edward)
OL, Roderick Johnson, 6-7, 311, Jr., Florida State, Jimbo Fisher, Florissant, Mo. (Hazelwood Central)
C, Ethan Pocic, 6-7, 302, Sr., LSU, Ed Orgeron, Lemont, Ill. (Lemont)
OL, Dan Skipper, 6-10, 319, Sr., Arkansas, Bret Bielema, Arvada, Colo. (Ralston Valley)
OL, Taylor Moton, 6-5, 328, R-Sr., Western Michigan, P.J. Fleck, Okemos, Mich. (Okemos)
QB, *Deshaun Watson, 6-3, 215, Jr., Clemson Dabo Swinney, Gainesville, Georgia (Gainesville)
RB, Donnel Pumphrey, 5-9, 180, Sr., San Diego State, Rocky Long, Las Vegas, Nev. (Canyon Springs)
RB, *Christian McCaffrey, 6-0, 200, Jr., Stanford David Shaw, Castle Rock, Colo. (Valor Christian)
DL, Derek Barnett, 6-3, 265, Jr., Tennessee, Butch Jones, Nashville, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy)
DL, Montravius Adams, 6-4, 309, Sr., Auburn, Gus Malzahn, Vienna, Ga. (Dooly County)
DL, Ed Oliver, 6-2, 290, Fr., Houston Tom Herman, Houston, Texas (Westfield)
DL, Ejuan Price, 6-0, 255, R-Sr., Pittsburgh, Pat Narduzzi, Rankin, Pa. (Woodland Hills)
LB, Raekwon McMillan, 6-2, 243, Jr., Ohio State, Urban Meyer, Hinesville, Ga. (Liberty County)
LB, Ben Boulware, 6-0, 235, Sr., Clemson Dabo Swinney, Anderson, S.C. (T.L. Hanna)
LB, Kendell Beckwith 6-3, 247, Sr., LSU, Ed Orgeron, Clinton, La. (East Feliciana)
DB, Jalen Tabor, 6-0, 201, Jr., Florida, Jim McElwain, Washington, D.C. (Friendship Collegiate Acad.)
DB, Budda Baker, 5-10, 192, Jr., Washington, Chris Petersen, Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)
DB, Tarvarus McFadden, 6-2, 198, So., Florida State, Jimbo Fisher, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (American Heritage)
DB, Jamal Adams, 6-1, 213, Jr., LSU, Ed Orgeron, Lewisville, Texas (Hebron)
P, JK Scott 6-6, 202, Jr., Alabama Nick Saban, Denver, Colo. (Mullen)
PK, Daniel Carlson, 6-4, 218, Jr., Auburn, Gus Malzahn, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Classical Academy)
AP, Quadree Henderson, 5-8, 190, So., Pittsburgh, Pat Narduzzi, Wilmington, Del. (Alexis I. du Pont)
* – 2015 AFCA All-American