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Ed Orgeron: Devin White best sophomore he’s coached since U of Miami legend

Just how good can LSU’s Devin White become? So good that Ed Orgeron is comparing him to a legend of both college football and the NFL.

The Tigers’ head coach said White is the most productive sophomore he has had since Warren Sapp during the weekly SEC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday.

For a player like White, who has become a tackling machine during his sophomore season at linebacker in Baton Rouge, that’s high praise.

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Former defensive tackle Sapp won the Lombardi Award and the Nagurski Trophy during his All-American career at Miami, then played in seven Pro Bowls during a 13-year NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders. He helped the Bucs win their first and only Super Bowl after the 2002 season.

Orgeron was Sapp’s defensive line coach at the beginning of the 1992 season, when the defensive tackle joined the team for his freshman year.

It might be a little early to say that White will follow in the path of Sapp, which eventually led to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but considering that Orgeron has coached elite sophomores since then during stops that include Ole Miss, Tennessee and two national championship teams at USC, there’s no question that the speedy linebacker is winning over Coach O.

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