BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It was a great day in Baton Rouge after LSU made the announcement that Tre'Davious White and Kendell Beckwith would be returning for their senior seasons.
In 2015, White finished the season with 44 tackles, seven pass break ups and seven passes defensed.
The defensive back also returned 20 punts for 229 yards (11.4 avg.) and a touchdown.
"After careful consideration and gathering as much information as possible about the draft process, I feel that it's in my best interest to return to LSU for my senior season," White said. "I want to thank my family, Coach Miles and the LSU staff for their support during this process. Decisions like this are never easy to make.
"Getting a college degree and becoming the first member of my family to graduate from a school like LSU has always been important to me. Playing in Tiger Stadium in front of our great fans is something that I just wasn't ready to say good bye to. I'm going to leave LSU with a degree and do everything that I can to help this team compete for a national title."
Beckwith will return after his strongest season as a Tiger. The middle linebacker finished second on the team with 84 tackles and added 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
"After a lot of prayer and careful consideration about the 2016 NFL Draft, and after speaking with my family and Coach Miles at great lengths, I have decided to return to LSU for my senior season," Beckwith said. "I feel as if I have a lot of unfinished business here at LSU. I want to give a special thank you to my family and friends who have been extremely supportive in helping me achieve my goals and especially during this decision. They'll continue to be an important part of my journey and I'm so grateful for their guidance and love.
"I have made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime here at LSU, and I'm so humbled to even be in the position that I am today. Tiger Stadium is without a doubt the best place on Earth to play college football and I cannot wait to be back there on Saturdays in front of our unbelievable fans."
Needless to say, LSU head coach Les Miles was very happy about the news.
"These are special guys," Miles said of Beckwith and White. "They have a real fondness and enjoyment for this football team. They are leaders; Kendell makes all the calls from the Mike linebacker spot and Tre'Davious wears No. 18, which has always been the mark of a leader."
Ethan Pocic, Christian LaCouture, Lewis Neal and Travin Dural have all announced that they will be returning to LSU for their senior seasons along with White and Beckwith.