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Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers leaves the field following warm ups. (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WGNO) – LSU head coach Les Miles called it “a windfall” for his program.

Monday, linebacker Kendall Beckwith and cornerback Tre’Davious White announced they would return for their senior seasons. They join fellow juniors wide receiver Travin Dural, center Ethan Pocic, defensive end Lewis Neal, defensive tackle Christian LaCouture, and defensive back Rickey Jefferson as returners for LSU in 2016.

“For the first time, we return a big senior class,” said Miles. “Anytime that you have a senior-dominated team, you recognize that you are going to play with leaders, and guys always play their best football when they are the most mature.”

White was projected by some to be first round pick in the 2016 draft. In a statement on the LSU sports website, White said getting his degree was a big part of his decision.

“Becoming the first member of my family to graduate from a school like LSU has always been important to me,” said White. “Playing in Tiger Stadium in front of our great fans is something that I just wasn’t ready to say good bye to. I’m going to leave LSU with a degree and do everything that I can to help this team compete for a national title.”

In 2013, 73 players declared early for the NFL draft. 11 of them played football at LSU.