Devin White is first LSU LB to win Butkus Award

Devin White

By The Associated Press

LSU’s Devin White is the Butkus Award winner as the best linebacker in the country.

The winner was announced Wednesday. White is the first LSU player to win the Butkus in its 34-year history and the third straight winner from a Southeastern Conference school. Roquan Smith of Georgia won it last season and Reuben Foster of Alabama was the winner in 2016.

Devin White, a junior, led the 11th-ranked Tigers with 115 total tackles, including 12 tackles for loss, He also had three sacks, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Josh Allen of Kentucky finished second in the voting, followed Michigan’s Devin Bush, Alabama’s Dylan Moses and Clemson’s Tre Lamar.