BATON ROUGE -- Three former members of the LSU football team will play their final collegiate game on Saturday as they will take part in the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
LSU’s entries into the game include offensive guard Herman Johnson, fullback Quinn Johnson and linebacker Darry Beckwith. All three players will play for the South squad and will wear the same numbers that they wore at LSU – Beckwith No. 48; Quinn Johnson No. 45 and Herman Johnson No. 79.
Two other Tigers – wide receiver Demetrius Byrd and defensive end Tyson Jackson – were invited to the game but were not able to participate because of injuries. Both players will be at full strength for the NFL Combine which takes place in Indianapolis in February.
Beckwith capped his career by earning second-team All-SEC honors as both a junior and senior despite having both seasons interrupted due to injuries. For his career, Beckwith played in 47 games, starting 34 times. He registered a total of 189 tackles, 11.5 tackles for losses and 4.5 sacks during his four years with the Tigers.
Quinn Johnson originally came to LSU as a linebacker but switched to the offensive side of the ball for the 2006 season. He quickly developed into a hard-hitting fullback who is considered one of the best at his position going into the 2009 NFL Draft. Johnson had his best year in an LSU uniform in 2008, blocking for 1,000-yard rusher Charles Scott. Johnson also scored three touchdowns of his own as a senior.
Herman Johnson, who weighed in at 382 pounds on Monday at the Senior Bowl, earned First-Team All-America honors at left guard for LSU in 2008. Johnson capped his career by starting 37 straight games and was one of the big reasons the Tigers were able to average over 30 points a game for each of the past three seasons.
The South squad is being coached the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff with Jack Del Rio serving as head coach.
Saturday’s game will be televised by the NFL Network and will kickoff at 6 p.m.