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Question of the Day: Friday, March 16
If Captain Obvious were reporting on LSU football, he’d let you know that Devin White will be starting at inside linebacker for the Tigers this season. He’s the biggest lock on the roster.
The matter of who will play next to him is not quite so clear-cut.
As much as I would like to answer that, Jared, it would be more productive to pose the question directly to Devin White himself. So I did.
White didn’t name a starter, of course, but he did specify the strengths that sophomores Tyler Taylor and Jacob Phillips bring to the equation. He noted that he and Taylor complement one another, kind of like how peanut butter works so well with jelly.
“Tyler plays alongside me a lot more than Jacob, so I feel like he’s able to complement me well, and I feel like he knows where to be now because he’s been studying film,” White said. “I’m so proud of him, and I feel like he’s going to make the plays because he’s so aggressive and so long.”
That would seem to tip the scales in Taylor’s favor. But White also pointed out that when Phillips plays, it’s like having two Devin Whites on the field.
“I feel like Jacob is the faster one with the speed. He plays more like me,” White said. “So that’s the difference. Everybody is working their own way. Jacob and Tyler actually rotate, so I can be in with either one of them.”
LSU’s other sophomore linebacker, Patrick Queen, is practicing behind White. Freshman Micah Baskerville is behind Taylor and Phillips.
“Coach [Dave Aranda] is making them learn both positions,” White said of Taylor and Phillips. “You never know what it’s going to be.”
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