Former LSU star Devin White picks up monthly honor from NFL
Former LSU DE Devin White is off to a great start to his NFL career, and he’s got the hardware to back it up now. White, who was drafted fifth overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was named the NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month for November.
White’s award came after a 5-game span from NFL Weeks 9-13, including last Sunday’s game in Jacksonville, which was played on Dec. 1, according to Buccaneers.com. In those 5 games, the White made 46 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, 5 quarterback hits, 1 interception, 2 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.
Most notably, White was sixth among all defensive players and first among rookies during that span with his 46 tackles and he was the only defender in the NFL with at least 40 tackles, 2 sacks, an interception and a defensive touchdown.
White picked up his first career interception and also scored his first defensive touchdown on a 12-yard return of a fumble recovery in the 28-11 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13. That was after his 2-sack game in the Buccaneers win in Atlanta, and he also had 12 and 13-tackle performances during the month.
Awards are nothing new for White. At LSU, he earned 6 career SEC Defensive player of the Week Award (2 in 2018, 4 in 2017), and received the Charles McClendon Award in both 2017 and 2018 as LSU’s Most Valuable Player. He also won the Butkus Award as a junior in 2018, which is given annually to the nation’s top linebacker.