Former LSU teammates Tre'Davious White and Leonard Fournette have a "brotherhood for life"

January 5, 2018

When Tre’Davious White comes towards the line of scrimmage to make a tackle on Leonard Fournette Sunday in the AFC wildcard game between the Bills and Jaguars, it won’t be the first time the 5-11, 176-pound cornerback has had to stick his face mask in against the 6-1, 224-pound running back.  The difference now, however, will be that they are on opposite teams, fighting for their seasons.  Any other time it’s ever happened it was preparing for a college football season with the LSU Tigers.

“In spring football Coach (Les) Miles had us go live a lot,” White told me Thursday.  “I’ve been on the losing end of that quite a few times."

Although they’ll be battling to keep their seasons alive this weekend, White said the two keep in close contact and have a special relationship because of their time spent in college together.

“We’re real cool,” White said of his fellow rookie.  “He was my teammate for three years.  The LSU thing goes deeper than football, it’s a brotherhood for life.”

LSU isn’t just a brotherhood, its a darn good football factory, too.  In fact, both Fournette and White will be considered for NFL Rookie of the Year honors this season on offense and defense, respectively.  White was second amongst all rookies in both interceptions (4) and pass breakups (22).  Fournette was one of only two rookies to go over 1,000 yards rushing this season.

Along with Jets’ safety Jamal Adams, who was selected sixth overall, Fournette (fourth) and White (27th) gave LSU three players taken in the first round of this past year’s NFL Draft.  Overall, eight Tigers were selected by NFL clubs, including WR Malachi Dupre, the last of the bunch, taken in the seventh round (247 overall) by the Green Bay Packers.  

Dupre was released just prior to the regular season starting and signed with the Bills practice squad ten days later.  Then last week, he was added to the team’s 53-man roster.  When that happened, both White and Fournette were beaming with that LSU pride.

“We talked on FaceTime about two weeks ago,” White said.  “Just talking about Malachi when Malachi got his.”

Don’t expect the two to exchange any calls or texts this week, though.  Not while the two competitors are getting ready to end each others’ seasons.  But you can expect them to get up close and personal on the field at some point when Fournette takes a handoff.  And when that happens, White will remember those days back in spring practices in Baton Rouge and what he learned about taking on the big man.

“My advantage will be my quickness and getting up there before he gets a head of steam because once he gets rolling downhill you don’t want to be on the other end of that.”

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