LSU to be represented by 10 players at NFL Scouting Combine

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Leonard Fournette, Texas Bowl

Leonard Fournette tied an FBS bowl record with five touchdowns from scrimmage in the 2015 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium in Houston (Photo: Terrill Weil).

LSU will have 10 former players in Indianapolis next month for the NFL Scouting Combine.

The list of players headed to the Combine was released Monday, and the Tigers are well represented, led by a pair of projected first-round picks, running back Leonard Fournette and safety Jamal Adams.

Also headed to Indianapolis are linebacker Kendell Beckwith (who is still rehabilitating from a knee injury), defensive end Tashawn Bower, wide receivers Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural, defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, center Ethan Pocic, outside linebacker Duke Riley and cornerback Tre’Davious White.

Five other Louisiana collegians will join the Tiger contingent at the Combine: Tulane defensive tackle Tanzel Smart, UL Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire and a trio of former Louisiana Tech players – wide receivers Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson and safety Xavier Woods.

New Orleans-area high schools are well represented in that group. Fournette is from St. Augustine, Dupre and Riley attended John Curtis and Henderson is from McDonogh 35.

The Combine runs from Feb. 28 through March 6.

For Immediate Release February 13, 2017


BATON ROUGE – Ten LSU football players have been invited to take part in the NFL Combine, which begins later this month at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

LSU and Alabama lead all Southeastern Conference teams for NFL Combine invites, followed by Texas A&M with nine and Arkansas and Florida with eight each. As a league, the SEC has 66 players invited to the combine, which stands as the most of any conference. The ACC is second with 60, followed by the Big Ten with 51 and the Pac-12 with 47.

The 10 Tigers invited to the NFL Combine include: safety Jamal Adams, linebacker Kendell Beckwith, defensive end Tashawn Bower, wide receiver Malachi Dupre, wide receiver Travin Dural, running back Leonard Fournette, defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, center Ethan Pocic, linebacker Duke Riley, and cornerback Tre’Davious White.

The NFL Combine, which features hundreds of college football players trying to improve their NFL stock, starts on February 28 and runs through March 6. Each position group goes through four days of testing, which includes everything from interviews with NFL franchises, to on-field drills, and on-field workouts.

The NFL Draft takes place on April 27-29 in Philadelphia where the Tigers could have as many as four players selected in the first round.

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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


Lenny has been involved in college athletics since the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane; since then, he has remained involved in college sports. He works in television production of many college sporting events and served briefly as managing editor of New Orleans Metro Sports Magazine. Lenny also served for 11 years on the management…

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