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.
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.