Eleven Tigers to Wear 'SEC Graduate' Patch in Bowl
Assoc. Athletic Director/Communications
ORLANDO – When 20th-ranked LSU takes the field against 13th-ranked Louisville in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl tomorrow morning, 11 Tigers will do so wearing a special “SEC Graduate” patch on their jerseys.
The SEC introduced the patch this season for student-athletes in all sports who have already earned their degree, but have not exhausted their eligibility. The SEC logo patch on their uniforms is being replaced with a special patch with the word “Graduate” underneath the conference logo. The patch is similar in design for all conference schools, but it is school-specific in color.
“That (SEC graduate) patch means a lot to our guys,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said. “The No. 1 priority is graduation and No. 2 in winning championships. We are very proud of what these 11 guys have accomplished in the classroom.”
The following is a list of current LSU football players that have earned their undergraduate degree at the university and the semester in which they graduated: safety Corey Thompson and kicker Colby Delahoussaye fall of 2015; defensive tackle Marcus Roberts and defensive end Christian LaCouture summer of 2016; long snapper John Ballis, wide receiver Travin Dural, tight end Colin Jeter, defensive end Lewis Neal, center Ethan Pocic, defensive back Dwayne Thomas and cornerback Tre'Davious White fall of 2016.
Nine of the 11 graduates will be dressed out and available for action tomorrow against Louisville. Only Thompson and LaCouture will miss the contest as they are both being redshirted this year due to injuries.
“I came back to LSU for my senior season to get my degree,” White said. “I'm one of the first in my family to graduate from a flagship school. So it was a big deal for me and my whole family. I'm going to wear it proudly.”