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#52 Kendell Beckwith Season 2024

Clinton, La.
High School
East Feliciana HS

2017 NFL Draft: 3rd round (107th overall) by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2016 Second Team All-America (America Football Coaches Association, Football Writers of America Association, Walter Camp, Sporting News

2016 Third Team All-America (Associated Press)
2016 First Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
2016 Second Team All-SEC (Associated Press)
2014 SEC Defensive Player of the Week (vs. Ole Miss)

Three-year starter at middle linebacker for the Tigers … Played in 47 games with 29 starts during his career … Finished with 263 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks … Added 8 pass breakups, 4 QB hurries, 3 forced fumbles and fumble recoveries and an interception … Earned second team All-America honors from multiple organizations in 2016 as well as being a first team All-SEC selection … Had senior season cut short by two games after suffering knee injury in first quarter against Florida in late November … Invited to both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine following senior season … Combines rare abilities and speed rarely seen in a linebacker his size … A gifted athlete who that also starred at quarterback in high school … Off the field, he has a passion for the outdoors, in particular horses, and he has owned eight horses during his life … Currently owns and cares for three horses – Vicky Marie, CoCo Chanel and Rozay.

Led LSU and ranked No. 2 in the SEC in tackles per game with 9.1 a contest … Recorded 91 total tackles to finish second on the team behind Duke Riley (93) … Played in 10 games with 10 starts … Suffered knee injury vs. Florida on November 19 and missed LSU’s final two games … Still earned second team All-America honors as well as being a first team All-SEC selection … Key component of an LSU defense that led the nation in touchdowns allowed per game at 1.33 a contest … LSU also led the nation in touchdowns allowed at 16 in 12 games … LSU ranked No. 2 in the SEC in scoring defense (15.8) and rushing defense (117.2), and No. 3 in the league in both pass defense (197.2) and total defense (314.4) … Registered double-figure tackles four times in 2016, including a career-best 16 in a 10-0 loss to Alabama … In that contest, LSU held the Crimson Tide scoreless for three quarters … Had 15 tackles in win over Southern Miss, 12 vs. Auburn, and 10 vs. Jacksonville State … Sack came in win over Jacksonville State, while he had tackles for losses against Wisconsin (1.5), Mississippi State (1.0), Southern Miss (2.0) and Alabama (0.5) … Had five tackles, a pair of pass breakups and recovered a fumble in LSU’s win over Arkansas … Had nine tackles and a pass breakup in win over Ole Miss as the Tigers shutout the Rebels in the second half in the 38-21 victory.

A semifinalist for both the Bednarik and Butkus Awards after finishing second on the team with 84 tackles … Started all 12 games at Mike linebacker and tallied 10.0 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks … Earned his first sack of the season and forced a fumble against Texas A&M … Had a second straight double-digit tackle game with a team-best 11 tackles at Alabama … Recorded another double-digit tackle game with 10 stops, including 2.0 TFLs, vs. Western Kentucky … Added eight tackles and one TFL against Florida … Led the team again with five tackles vs. South Carolina … Tied for the team lead with eight tackles, including 2.0 TFL, versus Eastern Michigan … Tied his career high with 11 tackles in the season opener at Mississippi State … Wrapped up the season with a fantastic performance in the Texas Bowl against Texas Tech where he tied for the team lead with eight tackles and added a staggering 4.0 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks, both of which are single-game career highs.

Played in all 13 games with seven starts … Took over as the starting at middle linebacker against Florida in week 7 … Started the remaining seven games for the Tigers at that spot … Key member of LSU defense that helped the Tigers rank first in the SEC in total defense (316.8 yards per game) and pass defense (164.2 yards per game) and No. 2 in scoring defense (17.5 points per game) … In first career start, helped LSU to road win over the Gators … Finished season ranked second on team with 77 tackles … Added 7.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks … Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in LSU’s 10-7 win over No. 3 ranked and undefeated Ole Miss in Oct. 25 … Had 11 tackles, one tackle for a 2-yard loss, a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup in the victory over the Rebels … Teamed with Jermauria Rasco and stopped Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace on 4th-and-1 rushing play inside LSU territory during the final two minutes to help clinch the victory … Picked up four tackles and recovered a fumble in the closing minutes of regulation versus No. 4 Alabama … Added seven stops fueled by a career-high two tackles for loss in road win over Texas A&M … Capped season with nine tackles and a tackle for a 2-yard loss against Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl … Had seven tackles and a sack for an 8-yard loss in win over Sam Houston State … Racked up six tackles against Mississippi State … A week later returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown to go with four tackles in win over New Mexico State … In season-opener had one tackle and successfully converted a fake punt with a 5-yard run against Wisconsin in the third quarter … The five-yard rush gave the Tigers a first down and led to a field goal which sparked LSU’s 17-point comeback against the Badgers … Had six tackles and his first career fumble recovery at Auburn … Amassed nine tackles versus Kentucky.

Played in 12 games with no starts as a true freshman in 2013 … Made biggest impact in win over Florida with a sack for an 8-yard loss on fourth-down with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter … The sack resulted in a fumble and a turnover on downs for the Gators in the 17-6 LSU victory … Had two tackles in back-to-back games vs. UAB and Kent State in September … Playing time increased as season progressed … Had one solo tackle in win over Iowa in Outback Bowl … Finished rookie season with 11 total tackles and sack for an 8-yard loss.

One of the nation’s premier outside linebacker prospects for the Class of 2013 … One of the state’s top defenders while finishing his senior season with 91 total tackles, including 17 sacks and 23 tackles for loss … Also forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles on the year … A consensus four-star recruit by all of the national recruiting services … An Under Armour All-American who competed for Team Nitro at the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game held on Jan. 4 in Tampa, Fla. … Committed to LSU live on national television during ESPN’s broadcast of the Under Armour All-America Game … Was also named a 2012 MaxPreps Small Schools First-Team All-American as a high school senior … Named to the PrepStar Top 150 Dream team as the No. 86 overall player in the nation … Tabbed as the No. 2-ranked recruit in Louisiana by ESPN,, and 247Sports … Ranked as high as the No. 41 recruit nationally regardless of position and the fourth-ranked athlete in the ESPN 150 for 2013 … Also ranked No. 68 nationally in the Top247 by 247Sports, No. 84 in the Rivals100 and No. 138 in the Scout 300 … The nation’s fifth-ranked athlete by … Ranked as the No. 7 outside linebacker nationally by 247Sports … Also the nation’s 15th-ranked defensive end by for 2013 … A member of the Advocate Super Dozen … Named the Class 3A Defensive Most Valuable Player and a first-team Class 3A all-state selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association while leading East Feliciana High School to a berth in the state semifinals with a 9-4 record in 2012 … Honored as the inaugural winner of the 104.5 ESPN Capital City Prep Player of the Year award with his effort in 2012 … Named the 2012 Warrick Dunn Award winner and the WAFB Sportsline Player of the Year … Kicked off the recruiting process with an invitational to attend “The Opening” on July 5, which is an all-star prospect camp held each summer on the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Ore. … Coached at East Feliciana High School by Cedric Anderson.

Born on Dec. 2, 1994 … Parents are Wendell and Urhonda Beckwith … Brother, Wendell Beckwith, Jr., plays defensive end for Tulane University … Cousin, Darry Beckwith, was a two-time second-team All-SEC linebacker at LSU during his collegiate career from 2005-08 before signing a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers in 2009 … Majoring in sports administration.

Total tackles: 16 vs. Alabama, 2016
Tackles for loss: 4.0 vs. Texas Tech, 2015
Sacks: 2.5 vs. Texas Tech, 2015


2014 13-7
41 77
3 2 1-29 0
2015 12-12 50 34 84 10.0-40 3.5-28 1 1 0-0 2 0-0
2016 10-10 33 58 91 6.0-12 1.0-5 4 1 0-0 0 1-0
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