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Tre’Davious White

School

LSU

Position
Defensive Back
Major
Sports Administration

Classroom

Tre’Davious White defines what it means to be a quality student-athlete. He is expected to graduate from LSU in December 2016 and was projected as a late first-round draft pick but opted to return to LSU for his senior season primarily because he wanted to be the first person in his family to graduate from college. White has been honored three semesters by the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes for posting a 3.0 GPA. The CCACSA also tabbed him with the 2015 LSU Scholar-Athlete Director’s Cup for Academic Excellence. He was named to the SEC Honor Roll in 2013 and 2015.

Character

A four-year starter, White wears the coveted No. 18 jersey that is awarded after a vote of the coaching staff and former LSU No. 18s. The No. 18 is synonymous with success—both on and off the field—as well as a selfless attitude that has become the epitome of being an LSU football player. He is a true leader on the field and is often called upon to serve as a spokesperson for the team in regard to media sessions. White was one of three players selected this year to represent LSU at SEC Media Days. Just nine days prior to LSU’s designated day to meet with media, Alton Sterling was killed by police, setting off various protests around Baton Rouge. In his very first interview session at Media Day, White was asked about the protests and racial profiling and handled the question with the poise of a true leader. White leads by example and highly respected by his teammates.

Community

White has been involved in the community and is a true ambassador of LSU. This summer, the Baton Rouge area experienced devastating flooding that damaged thousands of homes and displaced tens of thousands of people. White, along with his teammates, visited one of the largest shelters, Celtic Studios, and spent time with the displaced flood victims staying in the shelter. The main goal of the shelter visit was to spread joy, especially to the youngest flood victims, many of whom lost everything. In addition, White assisted with Move-In Day on the LSU campus. He helped carry dorm furniture and supplies for incoming students. Having the help of student-athletes is always appreciated by students, but also by the parents of the students. This was an especially important endeavor this year as some of the students moving in on campus were also dealing with the stress of their families being affected by the flooding. In addition to the most recent examples, White also has made hospital visits with his team for bowl games, most recently the Texas Bowl last season. In October 2015, White volunteered at Health South Rehab Hospital.

Competition

In the first two games of the 2016 season, Tre’Davious White scored a touchdown on a 21-yard interception return against Wisconsin and on a 60-yard punt return against Jacksonville State to become the first non-offensive LSU player to score touchdowns in the first two games of the season since 2006. White has now returned three punts for touchdowns in his career and is one shy of tying the school record. He is a four-year starter at corner for the Tigers and is on 2016 Watch Lists for the Thorpe Award, the Nagurski Trophy and the Bednarik Award after being selected to the preseason All-SEC First Team this summer. White was named to the 2015 All-SEC Second Team by both the Associated Press and SEC coaches, and was selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2013. As of nomination time, he has started 37 of 39 games and has logged 137 tackles, 21 PBUs, five interceptions, one fumble recovery and a forced fumble during his career.