Nineteen Seniors to be Honored at Tiger Stadium

by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
Nineteen Seniors to be Honored at Tiger Stadium

BATON ROUGE – One of the largest senior classes in recent LSU history will be honored on Saturday prior to kickoff when the 16th-ranked Tigers host 23rd-ranked Florida at noon in Tiger Stadium.

A total of 19 seniors will be recognized during the pre-game ceremony. Among the group of seniors are 14 players who have started at least one game during their career with the Tigers, two All-SEC performers so far (CB Tre’Davious White, C Ethan Pocic), and four players who have earned SEC Player of the Week honors during their career.

The senior presentation will take start at about 26 minutes prior to kickoff at 11:34 a.m. when the teams leave the field.

The 19-player group is made up of 10 members of the 2013 signing class – all of which played as true freshmen for the Tigers that year. It also includes two members of the 2012 class, and a late signee for the 2014 class in Colin Jeter. The remaining six players earned a spot on the team as walk-ons, a list that include kicker Colby Delahoussaye, who later was awarded a scholarship.

This year’s senior class has currently won 33 games, including nine over Top 25 teams; played 43 of its 48 games ranked in the Top 25; and will have played in a bowl game each year, thus extending LSU’s school-record streak to 17 consecutive years with a bowl appearance.

Currently, four members of LSU’s senior class have graduated with another eight scheduled to receive their diploma in December. The remainder of the class in on pace to graduate by the conclusion of the spring semester.

The following is a look at each member of LSU’s 2016 Senior Class and their accomplishments, on and off the field:

2017 Football Senior Class

Name (Pos.) – Noteworthy
John Ballis (SNP) – Transfer from Kentucky, scheduled to graduate in December
Kendell Beckwith (LB) – 3-year starter, No. 2 in SEC in tackles, scheduled to graduate in spring
Josh Boutte (OG) – 2-year starter on offensive line, scheduled to graduate in spring
Tashawn Bower (DE) – Starter, scheduled to graduate in spring
Hunter Burns (LB) – Scheduled to graduate in spring
Colby Delahoussaye (PK) – 3-year starter, graduated December of 2015
Travin Dural (WR) – 3-year starter, scheduled to graduate in December
Jordan Harper (DE) – Graduated May of 2016
Rickey Jefferson (DB) – 2-year starter, scheduled to graduate in spring
Colin Jeter (TE) – 2-yr starter, graduating in December, 2-time SEC Academic Honor Roll
Christian LaCouture (DE) – 2-year starter, graduated in August of 2016
Lewis Neal (DE) – 2-year starter, graduating in December, SEC D-lineman of week twice
Ethan Pocic (C) – 3-year starter, graduating in December, 5-time SEC O-lineman of week
Duke Riley (LB) – Starter, second on team in tackles, scheduled to graduate in spring
Marcus Roberts (NT) – Graduated May of 2016, awarded scholarship in August
DeSean Smith (TE) – Starter, 13 career receptions, 1 TD, scheduled to graduate in spring
Brandon Surtain (DB) – Scheduled to graduate in spring, extremely gifted painter
Dwayne Thomas (DB) – 2-year starter, graduating in December
Tre’Davious White (CB) – 4-year starter, graduating in December, All-SEC, SEC Player of Week