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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Darry Beckwith

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 234 | College: LSU
 
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Overview

The three-year starter and local product made a reputation on being a tremendous hitter with great lateral movement and exceptional quickness to the football. He possesses great work ethic and a keen knowledge for the game, showing the ability to make plays from sideline to sideline with ease.

In his first year in the starting lineup, Beckwith guided a unit that ranked third in the nation in total defense (242.77 ypg) and fourth in scoring defense (12.62 ppg). He shifted to middle linebacker permanently from his previous weak-side linebacker position as a junior, pacing the Tigers to rank third in the NCAA, allowing just 288.79 yards per game in total offense for 2007. In his final year, the defensive signal-caller continued to excel vs. the run, as the team allowed opponents to average just 110.15 yards per game on the ground.

Beckwith was considered the state's top linebacker and one of the top prospects in the South as a senior at Parkview Baptist High School. He was a member of Tom Lemming's High School All-American team and rated the ninth-best outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN. The Class 3A Defensive MVP in Louisiana as a senior, he added first-team 3A All-State honors and was named to the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 20 Blue-Chip list for Louisiana.

Beckwith totaled more than 100 tackles as both a junior and senior. In his final season, he posted 135 tackles, including 20 for losses and six sacks, as he also recovered four fumbles en route to earning 3A Defensive MVP honors. He showed his athletic versatility as a standout running back as well while being part of a defensive unit that reached the 3A state quarterfinals in 2004. He also produced 140 tackles as a junior, earning honorable mention All-State recognition.

Beckwith decided to stay close to home and enrolled at Louisiana State in 2005. The true freshman played mostly on special teams, seeing brief action behind Ali Highsmith at weak-side outside linebacker. He finished his first campaign as a Tiger with eight tackles (5 solos). He started 11 of 12 games as a freshman, lining up as the starting weak-side outside linebacker for six contests before shifting to his future position in the middle. He posted 65 tackles (29 solos), ranking second on the team and adding four stops for losses.

As a junior, Beckwith started 12 games at middle linebacker, sitting out vs. Louisiana Tech and Mississippi after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery after the Alabama clash. He still managed to finish fifth on the team with 65 tackles (33 solos). He had 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, as he also intercepted a pass and deflected four others. That performance earned him All-Southeastern Conference second-team honors.

Knee problems sidelined Beckwith for the Auburn and Mississippi State games in 2008, and the All-SEC second team pick was sorely missed. He returned to start 11 contests in the middle. He finished fifth on the team with 51 tackles (25 solos), but managed just one stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Analysis

Positives: Good size for the position with the frame to add mass without a significant loss of quickness. … Highly aggressive and physical. … Takes on blockers and uses strong punch to keep himself clean. … Understands his role in the defense and is willing to take on blockers to maintain his gap responsibility and trust his teammates to handle theirs and make the play. … Fair foot quickness between the tackles to keep himself alive on the play. … Works his way through trash to pressure the quarterback after recognizing the pass. … Reliable open-field tackler who flashes explosiveness as a hitter. … Versatile defender who has spent time at weak-side and middle linebacker.

Negatives: A physical battering ram when it comes to taking on blockers, Beckwith struggles to quickly disengage and make tackles in space. … Lacks great lateral quickness or the speed to meet the back at the edge or chase down plays outside the box. … Struggles maintaining proximity to receivers while in coverage. … Is not explosive as a blitzer. … Lets blockers cut him too easily. … Requires a medical check because he has missed games the past three seasons with knee injuries.

Compares To: GARY BRACKETT, Indianapolis -- Beckwith is a smart, instinctive inside ruin stuffer, the type you want dealing with "inside trash" to free up other quicker defenders, but he lacks range and pass coverage skills to be exposed there as an every-down type of player. He's had several knee issues that will see his stock drop, and unless he gets into a system where his outside men can compensate for his deficiencies, he will be nothing more than a situational player.

Scouting Report

GENERAL REPORT: GRADE: 6.2

Body Structure: Beckwith has a compact frame with solid upper body muscle development, broad shoulders, thick chest, thick thighs and calves. His frame can carry more bulk with no loss in quickness, but he is shorter than ideal and can be engulfed by bigger blockers trying to get inside penetration.

Athletic Ability: Beckwith might be smaller and lighter than desired from a middle linebacker, but he has room on his frame to add more bulk without it impacting his overall quickness. He has not been the most durable player the last three years and minor injuries tend to linger, which could raise some red flags with teams (knee might need further medical evaluation). He might be undersized, but shows very good strength for the position. He is a normal strider with adequate straight-line speed and good balance, but does not have decent hip flexibility, as he gets a bit stiff and upright when trying to face up at times. He looks a little mechanical working in space, but does show the ability to tackle in the open field by his ability to take angles to close. He might lack quickness and size, but does play with good balance and body control. GRADE: 6.2

Football Sense: Beckwith is a smart player who learns well and shows good football instincts. The coaches call him a student of the game, as he will put in extra hours in the film room and is quick to take plays from the board to the field. He makes all the calls and shows adequate awareness to adjust on the field. He sees the play develop and is not the type that needs extra reps to retain. GRADE: 7.0

Character: Beckwith is the classic blue-collar type that will do whatever the coaches feel will help the team. He has played a variety of roles for the linebacker unit and while unspectacular, he won't embarrass himself on the field. He has no off-field issues and outside of a few medical concerns, there are no red flags flying on him away from the game. GRADE: 6.0

Competitiveness: Beckwith is a leader by example who will also get vocal with opponents. He plays with a good motor and energy and is a productive tackler with the ability to step up in the clutch. He plays until the whistle, but needs to improve his hand technique. GRADE: 6.0

Work Habits: He is a good worker on and off the field. He is a coachable team player who does what is told in the weight room, but needs to improve his flexibility and overall quickness. He is compliant and a mature field leader who does not let emotions get in the way of his thought process. He will never be confused for being a gym rat, but has the work ethic the staff likes the younger player to emulate. GRADE: 6.0

ATHLETIC REPORT: GRADE: 5.86

Key and Diagnostic Skills: Beckwith shows good field alertness and also has the versatility to play either on the weak-side or in the middle. He is a good program type who might not make many big plays, but is comfortable in his role of taking out the trash to free other defenders to make the play. He is quick to see plays develop and even though he can get engulfed by the bigger blockers, he is alert to blocking schemes. He lacks range to make plays on the move, but his quick anticipation skills compensate for that, somewhat. He has above average vision and awareness of pocket movement and backfield activity and is quick to react to plays in front of him. He will miss tackles on the move when he gets out of control and will struggle to shed when he lets blockers get into his body. GRADE: 7.5

Playing Strength and Explosion: Beckwith is too slow to play on the outside and too small to stack and control interior blockers as a middle linebacker. He might be a better fit as a situational type in a 3-4 alignment. He is a fireplug in the middle when he stays low in his pads, doing a nice job of containing blockers and preventing the "A & B" gaps from widening for the running game. He is best served parked in-line, as he hits with good authority and shows a good concept for taking angles working in the short area. When he stays down in his pads, he is very stout and leveraged at the point of attack, as he shows the strength to stack and control blocks. He needs to keep his pads low to prevent blockers from washing him out, though. He does struggle at times to adjust off blocks and needs to develop better hand technique to keep blockers off his chest (when he exposes his chest, he gets turned). GRADE: 6.8

Lateral Pursuit/Range: Beckwith lacks great timed speed, but he shows enough short-area quickness to slip under blocks and keep his balance working down the line. He does not have the range or lateral mobility to play outside in the NFL, as he struggles to gain penetration coming off the edge and will lose sight of the ball when having to chase outside the box. He labors changing direction and will often lose relationship with his man in transition. He is effective threading through traffic when he keeps his pads low. When he gets too high in his stance, he fails to clear trash and looks stiff in his hips. GRADE: 5.2

Use of Hands: Beckwith compensates for a lack of great size with an impressive hand punch that will consistently put offensive linemen up on their heels. While he is a physical open-field tackler, he struggles in tight areas due to poor hand placement, struggling often to shed. He is often on the ground vs. low blocks, as he fails to use his hands effectively to protect his legs. He lacks the hand usage and ability to shed quickly, as he leaves his chest exposed and gets tied up with linemen when he tries to overpower the opponent. He does show the hand strength to jolt tight ends and create some separation, but struggles to protect himself. When he is tall in his stance, it allows the tight end to release quicker. He also lacks the ability to secure the interception, often letting his body absorb the ball. He needs to improve his timing trying to deflect passes at the line of scrimmage, but one look at his poor vertical leap (29.5-inches) might be a strong indication he will not improve in that area. GRADE: 5.4

Tackling Ability: Beckwith is physical taking on lead blockers in the gaps. He might not penetrate often, but stays low in his pads to push the fullback back to clog the rush lanes with decent efficiency. He is an effective open-field tackler with strong angle concept that lets him compensate for a lack of blazing speed by taking the short path to the ball. His best asset is his hitting power taking on lead blockers in the ground game. He is a physical downhill player with good leg drive to kill the runner's forward momentum. He hits with good pop and has the strength and form to be consistent when tackling inside. He has the ability to stay on his feet and get around trash and is good getting to the ball on the run, but he struggles to tackle in space and when facing up to double teams. When he plays high, he loses his stopping power. When he stays low in his pads, he generates better power to collide and wrap. GRADE: 6.7

Run Defense: Beckwith's best asset is his hitting ability. He is a classic downhill tackler who thrives in his ability to clog the inside rush lanes. He needs to be more active with his hands when shedding blocks, but knows how to drill a ball carrier to stop the runner in his tracks. He might lack speed, but knows how to take angles to shorten the field and does a good job of chasing down runners when working in space. His struggles are most noticeable when working on the edge, but he is better when making tackles in-line. When he plays high, he gets bounced around quite a bit due to his short stature. He can make the tackle in the box, but lacks the speed to reach the outside and make the cut-off. He needs to be more alert to low blocks, as he has difficulties working through traffic and can get sealed off. GRADE: 5.8

Pass Defense: Beckwith is really nothing more than a two-down type of middle linebacker, as he does not have the lateral range, timed speed or loose hips to mirror receivers, even in the short area. He can stay with tight ends when he uses his hands to get under the opponent's jersey, but there is only so much area he can cover with his lack of foot speed. He looks stiff turning out of his backpedal and does not open up his hips well to get a clean break on the ball. He has marginal hands (more of a body catcher) and because of adequate timed speed, he tends to be more of a trailer type who allows the receiver to get separation on crossing patterns, as he struggles to stay tight with his man. He is too stiff in his hips dropping back in pass coverage, looking a bit choppy changing direction (lacks fluidness). GRADE: 5.0

Zone Defense: Beckwith appears slow to break on plays in his zone, as he is too methodical trying to turn and run in pass coverage. His lack of pure speed limits his range too much. He has an adequate feel for the zone, but can be a step late due to an inability to quickly come out of his breaks and recover on the ball. He can make the switch-off effectively, but will sometimes lose his man because of a lack of foot speed. GRADE: 5.3

Pass Rush and Blitz: Beckwith is rarely used to pass rush, as he showed as a weak-side linebacker that it took too long for him to loop around the offensive tackle quick enough to get to the pocket. He has marginal pass rush moves and even though he packs a wallop as a tackler, he does not generate the explosive initial burst to surprise an interior lineman when shooting the gaps (had just one tackle for loss in 11 games during 2008). GRADE: 5.0

Compares To: GARY BRACKETT, Indianapolis -- Beckwith is a smart, instinctive inside ruin stuffer, the type you want dealing with "inside trash" to free up other quicker defenders, but he lacks range and pass coverage skills to be exposed there as an every-down type of player. He's had several knee issues that will see his stock drop, and unless he gets into a system where his outside men can compensate for his deficiencies, he will be nothing more than a situational player.

OVERALL GRADE: 5.88

--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas

Career Notes

Beckwith started 34 of 47 games during his Louisiana State career, including seven at weak-side outside linebacker and 27 others at middle linebacker … Recorded 189 tackles (92 solos) with 4.5 sacks for minus 30 yards, 11.5 stops for losses totaling 46 yards and three quarterback pressures … Deflected four passes and intercepted two others … Also had one fumble recovery.

2008 Season

The Butkus Award finalist earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from the Associated Press … Started all eleven games he played in at middle linebacker, missing the Auburn and Mississippi State contests after he suffered a knee sprain vs. North Texas … Still managed to finish fifth on the team with 51 tackles (25 solos) … Registered an assisted sack for minus 3 yards and one stop for a 5-yard loss … Helped the defense rank 17th in the nation vs. the run, allowing just 110.15 yards per game … The Tigers also gave up 325.54 yards to the opposition.

2008 Game Analysis

Appalachian State … With the impending threat of Hurricane Gustav as a backdrop to the game being played on the field, LSU took 31-0 lead into halftime and cruised to a 41-13 victory over FCS opponent Appalachian State … The LSU defense, led by Beckwith, who finished the contest with five tackles (1 solo) and 0.5 sack, limited ASU to just 52 yards on the ground … Said Beckwith of the team's first game of the season, "It was truly a blessing. The team came out and fought hard. I think it was a great win and get a victory. It showed the great character and discipline this team has. No matter what time we play, we will be ready to roll" … On the first offensive series of the game, Beckwith tackled ASU's Devon Moore after the tailback gained 6 yards to the LSU 35-yard line on a rushing attempt … Near the end of the first quarter, Beckwith and teammate Marlon Favorite sacked ASU quarter-back Armanti Edwards for a 5-yard loss … In the second quarter, the LSU linebacker recorded two tackles, stopping Devon Moore after the halfback picked up 2 yards to the ASU 12-yard line and, later in the quarter, wrapping up Moore after a 5-yard run … Early in the fourth quarter, Beckwith stopped Mountaineer tailback Robert Welton after a 3-yard rush to the ASU 28-yard line … Head-to-Head Competition: OC#57-Brett Irvin (6:00-260) … Rush Coverage Assignment: HB#20-Devon Moore (5:09-200)-Eight carries for 23 yards, one catch for 19 yards … Defensive Impact: Beckwith made four tackles vs. the run, which netted the offense 16 yards, and helped the defense hold the opposition to 52 yards on 28 carries (1.86 ypc) … Beckwith was involved in one sack, as the defense allowed 239 total yards on 61 plays (3.92 yards per play) … The opposition completed 14-of-33 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown.

North Texas … LSU's middle linebacker recorded no statistics vs. North Texas, as he left the Tigers' 41-3 win over UNT in the second half with a right-knee injury … Head-to-Head Competition: OC#56-J.J. Johnson (6:02-280) … Rush Coverage Assignment: HB#26-Cam Montgomery (6:01-210)-Eight carries for 33 yards … Defensive Impact: Beckwith helped the defense hold the opposition to 44 yards on 18 carries (2.44 ypc) … The defense allowed 199 total yards on 61 plays (3.26 yards per play) … The opposition completed 23-of-43 passes for 155 yards, with one interceptions.

Auburn and Mississippi State … Beckwith missed both games due to a right-knee injury that he suffered in the second half of the North Texas game.

Florida … Doubtlessly still feeling the effects of the right-knee injury that he suffered in Week 2's matchup with North Texas, Beckwith managed just two tackles (1 solo) in the Tigers' 51-21 loss to the No. 11 Florida Gators … At the 12:16 mark in the first quarter, Beckwith limited Gator tailback Jeffrey Demps to 2 yards on a rushing attempt to the Florida 22-yard line … With just minutes remaining in the game, Beckwith stopped the Gators' Kestahn Moore at the goal line, following a 5-yard rush by the halfback on 2nd-&-goal … Head-to-Head Competition: OC#56-Maurkice Pouncey (6:05-312) … Rush Coverage Assignment: HB#2-Jeffrey Demps (5:08-176)-10 carries for 129 yards and one touchdown, one catch for 11 yards … Defensive Impact: Beckwith made two tackles vs. the run, which netted the offense 7 yards, and helped the defense hold the opposition to 265 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries (6.46 ypc) … Beckwith was involved in one goal-line tackle, as the defense allowed 475 total yards on 62 plays (7.66 yards per play) … The opposition completed 14-of-21 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

South Carolina … The LSU defense made amends for giving up 265 rushing yards to the Florida Gators last week, limiting South Carolina to just 39 yards on the ground in the Tigers' 24-17 win over the Gamecocks … Beckwith contributed five solo tackles to the victory … With 6:43 remaining in the first quarter, on 3rd-&-1 from the USC 34-yard line, Gamecock quarterback Stephen Garcia was able to pick up 1 yard and a first down before being stopped by Beckwith … At the 11:12 mark in the second quarter, Beckwith was credited with tackling USC tailback Mike Davis after a 3-yard run to the LSU 23-yard line and, later in the drive, stopping Stephen Garcia after a 1-yard rush on a 3rd-&-7 play, forcing the Gamecocks to attempt a 39-yard filed goal, which was missed wide right … At the start of the second half, Beckwith tackled Stephen Garcia for no gain at the USC 11-yard line on a rushing attempt and, later in the drive, limited Mike Davis to a 1-yard rush to the LSU 46-yard line … Head-to-Head Competition: OC#70-Garrett Anderson (6:04-307) … Rush Coverage Assignment: HB#25-Mike Davis (5:09-214)-10 carries for 23 yards and one touchdown … Defensive Impact: Beckwith made five tackles vs. the run, which netted the offense 6 yards, and helped the defense hold the opposition to 39 yards and one touch-down on 31 carries (1.26 ypc) … Beckwith was involved in two third-down plays and one tackle for no gain, as the defense allowed 254 total yards on 57 plays (4.46 yards per play) … The opposition completed 14-of-26 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown, with one interception.

Georgia … A week after limiting the South Carolina offense to just 39 rushing yards, the LSU defense was carved up by the Georgia offense, which rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns and compiled 443 yards overall in the Tigers' 52-38 home loss to the Bull-dogs … Beckwith finished the contest with five tackles (2 solos) … "It was a very difficult loss for us, and we are frustrated. We have great character. We just have to keep on trying and finish strong this season. We stopped them on big plays, but we made mistakes on big plays. We cannot play that way with a team of that caliber. We messed up and we know that," said Beckwith of the team's performance in the loss … On an early first-quarter drive, Beckwith was credited with three tackles, including stopping Georgia tailback Knowshon Moreno for no gain at the Bulldog 22-yard line, limiting Moreno to 3 yards on a subsequent run, and wrapping up Moreno after the running back gained 5 yards to the LSU 7 yard-line … Midway through the fourth quarter, Beckwith tackled Moreno 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage, but a 15-yard illegal-block penalty by Georgia nullified the play. Later in the drive, the LSU linebacker stopped Moreno for no gain at the Georgia 25-yard line … With 5:02 remaining in the game, on 3rd-&-16 from the Georgia 8-yard line, Beckwith dragged down Matthew Stafford after the signal-caller gained 8 yards on a rushing attempt, forcing the Bulldogs to punt the ball away … Head-to-Head Competition: OC#61-Ben Jones (6:03-304) … Rush Coverage Assignment: HB#24-Knowshon Moreno (5:11-208)-21 carries for 163 yards and one touchdown, two catches for 9 yards … Defensive Impact: Beckwith made five tackles vs. the run, which limited the offense to 16 yards, and helped the defense hold the opposition to 194 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries (5.39 ypc) … Beckwith was involved in one third-down play, two tackles for no gain, and one red-zone tackle, as the defense allowed 443 total yards on 62 plays (7.15 yards per play) … The opposition completed 17-of-26 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns.

Tulane … Beckwith contributed four tackles (1 solo) to the LSU defense, which limited Tulane to 163 total yards of offense, including just 72 yards on the ground, in the Tigers' 35-10 win over their intrastate rivals … Said Beckwith of his team's ability to overcome last week's loss to Georgia, "Any time you lose a game, you want to come back and get a victory, and that's what we did tonight. We took a step forward on offense in the game. As far as the defense, we have to take this and continue to move forward. We played well against South Carolina and came back and didn't play so well against Georgia. We have to play consistently as a team and as a defense" … Beckwith was credited with two tackles on Tulane's first offensive series of the game, stopping Green Wave tailback Nathan Austin for no gain and 8 yards on back-to-back runs from the Tulane 24-yard line … At the start of the second quarter, on 3rd-&-9 from the Tulane 12-yard line, Beckwith broke up Green Wave quarterback Joe Kemp's pass to tight end Justin Kessler, but the LSU linebacker was flagged for pass interference, giving Tulane 7 yards and a first down … Early in the third stanza, on a drive that started at the Tulane 20-yard line, Beckwith stopped Nathan Austin after the tailback picked up 7 yards on a rushing attempt and, later in the drive, limited Austin to 3 yards on a pass reception on 3rd-&-15 from the LSU 17-yard line, forcing the Green Wave to settle for a 31-yard field-goal attempt, which was missed wide right … Head-to-Head Competition: OC#65-Michael Parenton (6:02-294) … Rush Coverage Assignment: HB#29-Nathan Austin (6:02-226)-16 carries for 53 yards, three catches for 23 yards … Defensive Impact: Beckwith made three tackles vs. the run, which netted the offense 15 yards, and helped the defense hold the opposition to 72 yards on 30 carries (2.40 ypc) … The opposition completed 1-of-1 passes that were thrown into his area for 3 yards … Beckwith was involved in one third-down play, one red-zone tackle, and one tackle for no gain, as the defense allowed 163 total yards on 54 plays (3.02 yards per play) … The opposition completed 12-of-24 passes for 91 yards.

Alabama … The LSU middle linebacker recorded six tackles (2 solos) and recovered a field-goal block as time expired in regulation in the Tigers' 27-21 overtime loss … "We continue to play for pride and try to win out. The season is not over yet. We have three more games left, so we play for pride and the great tradition that LSU possesses. We have to continue to improve and play well. We want to play hard and finish the season with a good out-come," said Beckwith of his team's goals for the rest of the season … At the 10:06 mark in the first quarter, Tide tailback Glen Coffee was stopped for no gain by Beckwith at the LSU goal line … Later in the first quarter, Alabama running back Mark Ingram gained 2 yards on a rushing attempt before Beckwith could wrap him up … Midway through the second quarter, Beckwith limited Mark Ingram to 2 yards on a rush to the Alabama 34-yard line … In the third stanza, Beckwith was credited with tackling Glen Coffee after a 5-yard rush to midfield and, later in the quarter, dropping Coffee 4 yards behind the line of scrimmage on 3rd-&-7 from the Tide's 49-yard line, forcing Alabama to punt the ball away … Midway through the fourth frame, Beckwith tackled Coffee after the tailback gained 8 yards to the Tide's 45-yard line on a pass reception from quarterback John Parker Wilson … With just seconds remaining in the game, LSU's Ricky Jean-Francois blocked Alabama's 29-yard field-goal attempt, which was recovered by Beckwith, who slid down near the goal line as time expired to force overtime … Head-to-Head Competition: OC#59-Antoine Caldwell (6:03-305) … Rush Coverage Assignment: HB#38-Glen Coffee (6:01-198)-26 carries for 126 yards and one touchdown, two catches for 19 yards … Defensive Impact: Beckwith made five tackles vs. the run, which netted the offense 5 yards, and helped the defense hold the opposition to 138 yards and three touch-downs on 37 carries (3.73 ypc) … The opposition completed 1-of-1 passes that were thrown into his area for 8 yards … Beckwith was involved in one third-down play, one recovery of a field-goal block, one tackle for loss, one tackle for no gain, and one goal-line stop, as the defense allowed 353 total yards on 68 plays (5.19 yards per play) … The opposition completed 15-of-31 passes for 215 yards, with one interception.

Troy … With the threat of an upset staring them straight in the eyes, the LSU Tigers over-came a four-touchdown deficit, scoring 30 points in the fourth quarter alone, to defeat Troy in Baton Rouge, 40-31, in the biggest comeback in school history … The LSU defense limited the Trojans to just 64 rushing yards, thanks, in part, to middle linebacker and game captain Darry Beckwith's eight tackles (6 solos) … Early in the first quarter, on 3rd-&-10 from the LSU 17-yard line, Troy quarterback Levi Brown completed a pass to wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan, who picked up 10 yards and a first down before being tackled by Beckwith … Midway through the first quarter, Trojan tailback DuJuan Harris rushed for 10 yards and a first down to the LSU 38-yard line before Beckwith could wrap him up … With 2:39 remaining in the first quarter, Troy wide receiver Kennard Burton took a pass from Levi Brown 17 yards to the Trojan 36-yard line, where he was finally tackled by Beckwith … Early in the second quarter, Beckwith stopped DuJuan Harris after the tailback picked up 11 yards to the LSU 10-yard line, but a holding penalty by Troy would move the Trojans back 10 yards. Later in the drive, Troy wide receiver Zack Marcum picked up 6 yards on a pass reception from Levi Brown to the LSU 10-yard line, where he was tackled by Beck-with … At the start of the second half, Beckwith stopped Troy's Gerald Tate after the wide receiver picked up 9 yards on a pass reception and, later in the drive, the LSU linebacker tackled Kennard Burton at the Trojan 43-yard line, following an 8-yard catch by the wide receiver … With less than two minutes remaining in the game, Beckwith tackled DuJuan Harris after the tailback gained 2 yards on a pass reception from Levi Brown … Head-to-Head Competition: OC#75-Danny Franks (6:03-310) … Rush Coverage Assignment: HB#32-DuJuan Harris (5:07-183)-14 carries for 65 yards, four catches for 29 yards and one touch-down … Defensive Impact: Beckwith made two tackles vs. the run, which netted the offense 21 yards, and helped the defense hold the opposition to 64 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries (3.76 ypc) … The opposition completed 6-of-6 passes that were thrown in his area for 52 yards … Beckwith was involved in one third-down play and two red-zone tackles, as the defense allowed 380 total yards on 89 plays (4.27 yards per play) … The opposition completed 34-of-72 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.

Mississippi … The middle linebacker posted eight tackles in LSU's 31-13 home loss to SEC-rival Ole Miss … On Ole Miss's first drive of the game, quarterback Jevan Snead completed a 7-yard pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace, who as tackled by Beckwith at the Rebel's 31-yard line … Later in the first quarter, the LSU linebacker stopped Snead for no gain at the Rebel 22-yard line on a rushing attempt … Beckwith was credited with four tackles on a drive that started at the 5:53 mark in the first quarter, limiting tailback Cordera Eason to 3 yards on a rushing attempt, dragging down Eason after a 12-yard reception and a first down to the Ole Miss 25-yard line, stopping Eason for no gain on the next play, and, on 3rd-&-17 from the Rebel 18-yard line, wrapping up the tailback after a 6-yard run, forcing Ole Miss to punt the ball away … Midway through the second quarter, Beckwith brought down Mike Wallace after the wide receiver gained 13 yards on a pass catch from Jevan Snead … With 5:40 remaining in the third quarter, Beckwith stopped Ole Miss receiver Dexter McCluster for no gain at the LSU 39-yard line on a rushing attempt … Head-to-Head Competition: OC#72-Daverin Geralds (6:02-312) … Rush Coverage Assignment: HB#25-Cordera Eason (5:10-224)-17 carries for 60 yards, one catch for 12 yards … Defensive Impact: Beckwith made five tackles vs. the run, which netted the offense 9 yards, and helped the defense hold the opposition to 102 yards and two touchdowns on 45 carries (2.27 ypc) … The opposition completed 3-of-3 passes that were thrown into his area for 32 yards … Beckwith was involved in one third-down play and three tackles for no gain, as the defense allowed 409 total yards on 71 plays (5.76 yards per play) … The opposition completed 17-of-26 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns.

Arkansas … Beckwith recorded five solo tackles in the Tigers' disappointing 31-30 loss to Arkansas, a game whose outcome wasn't decided until Razorback quarterback Casey Dick completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver London Crawford with just 21 seconds remaining in the contest … On the Razorbacks' first offensive series of the game, Arkansas tail-back Dennis Johnson was tackled by Beckwith after a 5-yard run and, later in the drive, from the LSU 35-yard line, the Tiger linebacker stopped Johnson for no gain … Beckwith was credited with three tackles on a drive that began midway through the third quarter, stopping Dennis Johnson after a 5-yard run to the Arkansas 10-yard line-a play that was nullified by LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson's offside penalty-tackling the Razorback's D.J. Williams after the tight end picked up 2 yards on a pass reception from Casey Dick, wrapping up Johnson after a 6-yard gain on a draw play to the LSU 34-yard line, and stopping Johnson after a 6-yard run over left end to the LSU 6-yard line … Head-to-Head Competition: OC#63-Jonathan Luigs (6:04-314) … Rush Coverage Assignment: HB#33-Dennis Johnson (5:07-195)-18 carries for 127 yards and one touch-down, six kickoff returns for 103 yards … Defensive Impact: Beckwith made four tackles vs. the run, which netted the offense 17 yards, and helped the defense hold the opposition to 118 yards and one touchdown on 31 carries (3.81 ypc) … The opposition completed 1-of-1 passes that were thrown into his area for 2 yards … Beckwith was involved in one tackle for no gain and one red-zone play, as the defense allowed 398 total yards on 71 plays (5.61 yards per play) … The opposition completed 25-of-40 passes for 280 yards and three touch-downs, with one interception.

Georgia Tech (Chick-fil-A Bowl) … Playing in his final game as a Tiger, Beckwith posted three tackles (2 solos) to his team's decisive 38-3 victory over Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl … On a drive that started midway through the first quarter, Beckwith limited Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt to runs of 3 and 1 yards, respectively … On the Yellow Jackets' first drive of the second half, Beckwith tackled Roddy Jones after the tailback picked up 4 yards to the Georgia Tech 23-yard line and, later in the drive, on 3rd-&-7 from Tech's 34-yard line, the LSU linebacker was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul, giving the Yellow Jackets a first down … Head-to-Head Competiton: OC#77-Dan Voss (6:04-294) … Rush Coverage Assignment: HB#21-Jonathan Dwyer (6:00-228)-10 carries for 67 yards, three catches for 66 yards-HB#20-Roddy Jones (5:09-194)-Nine carries for 32 yards, one catch for 5 yards, two kickoff returns for 51 yards … Defensive Impact: Beckwith made three tackles vs. the run, which netted the offense 8 yards, and helped the defense hold the opposition to 164 yards on 40 carries (4.10 ypc) … Beckwith was involved in one red-zone tackle, as the defense allowed 314 total yards on 65 plays (4.83 yards per play) … The opposition completed 8-of-25 passes for 150 yards, with one interception.

2007 Season

Second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection by the league's coaches … Started twelve games at middle linebacker, missing the Louisiana Tech and Mississippi contests after Beckwith suffered knee cartilage damage vs. Alabama … Underwent arthroscopic surgery several days after LSU's match-up vs. the Tide … Still managed to match his career-high with 65 tackles (33 solos), as the junior added 1.5 sacks for minus 14 yards, 6.5 stops for losses of 26 yards and a pair of quarterback pressures … Intercepted one pass and deflected four others, as he also recovered a fumble … Led a Tigers unit that ranked third in the nation and led the SEC in total defense (288.79 ypg) and also finished second

2007 Game Analysis

Registered four solo tackles, including one that took down tailback Branden Ore for a 5-yard loss vs. Virginia Tech … Followed with six tackles, a 5-yard sack, 1.5 stops for minus 9 yards and a pressure vs. Middle Tennessee State … Sacked QB Blake Mitchell for a 9-yard loss and delivered four hits vs. South Carolina … Collected a career-high twelve tackles (4 solos) and a stop behind the line of scrimmage vs. Kentucky … Followed with six stops (4 solos) vs. Auburn and seven solo tackles, including one for a loss and a pass deflection in the Alabama clash … Posted eleven tackles and broke up a pass vs. Arkansas … Preserved a 21-14 decision over Tennessee in the SEC title game when he picked off a last ditch pass in the closing minutes … Made a pair of tackles vs. Ohio State, as the Tigers won the national title with a 38-24 beating of the Buckeyes in the BCS Championship Game.

2006 Season

Beckwith proved to be invaluable in the Tigers' linebacking unit, starting seven contests at weak-side linebacker before shifting to middle linebacker for the final four contests … Sat out the Mississippi game and missed most of the Alabama clash after suffering a knee sprain just seven plays into LSU's meeting vs. the Tide … Still finished second on the team with a career-high 65 tackles (29 solos) for a squad that ranked third in the nation in total defense (242.77 ypg) and fourth in scoring defense (12.62 ppg) … Credited with 2.5 sacks for minus 13 yards, four stops for losses of 15 yards and a quarterback pressure … Also had his first career interception, but was tackled for a 7-yard loss on that return.

2006 Game Analysis

Made six tackles with a stop for a loss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in the season opener … In his first career start, the weak-side linebacker posted nine tackles (5 solos) with 1.5 sacks of QB Willie Tuitama for minus 7 yards vs. Arizona … Added eight tackles (5 solos) and a stop behind the line of scrimmage vs. Auburn … Registered five tackles in each of the Florida, Kentucky and Arkansas contests … Added a season-high eleven tackles (4 solos) and sacked QB Tom Brandstater for a 6-yard loss in the Fresno State clash … In his first game at middle linebacker, Beckwith picked off a pass and delivered four tackles (3 solos) vs. Tennessee … Made four hits (3 solos) vs. Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.

2005 Season

One of two true freshman to letter, Beckwith appeared mostly on special teams in twelve contests, finishing with eight tackles (5 solos) … His first career tackle was a solo effort vs. Mississippi State … Made a pair of tackles vs. Miami and had one hit in each of the Auburn, North Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas contests.

Injury Report

2006: Sat out the Mississippi contest (11/18) and missed all but seven plays of action vs. Alabama (11/11) with a knee sprain.

2007: Suffered cartilage damage and a dislocated knee that would require arthroscopic surgery late in the first quarter vs. Alabama (11/03), but returned to the game later, only to limp off the field. Came back again, but suffered a shoulder contusion, sitting out the next two games vs. Louisiana Tech (11/10) and Mississippi (11/17).

2008: Suffered a knee sprain vs. North Texas (9/13), sitting out the following week vs. Auburn (9/20) … Re-injured his knee vs. South Carolina (10/18), but returned to the game several series later.

Agility Tests

4.75 in the 40-yard dash … 1.56 10-yard dash … 2.71 20-yard dash … 4.50 20-yard shuttle …

7.39 three-cone drill … 26.5-inch vertical jump … 9'2" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times … 32 1/2-inch arm length … 9 3/4-inch hands.

High School

Attended Parkview Baptist (Baton Rouge, La.) High School, playing football for head coach Kenny Guillot … Considered the state's top linebacker and one of the top prospects in the South as a senior … Member of Tom Lemming's High School All-American team and rated the ninth-best outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN … The Class 3A Defensive MVP in Louisiana as a senior, he added first-team 3A All-State honors and was named to the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 20 Blue-Chip list for Louisiana … Totaled more than 100 tackles as both a junior and senior … In his final season, he posted 135 tackles, including 20 for losses and six sacks, as he also recovered four fumbles en route to earning 3A Defensive MVP honors … Showed his athletic versatility as a standout running back as well while being part of a defensive unit that reached the 3A state quarterfinals in 2004 … Also produced 140 tackles as a junior, earning honorable mention All-State recognition.

Personal

Sports Studies major … Son of Sandra and Darry Beckwith … Nicknamed "Dougie" … Born Darry Douglas Beckwith, Jr. on 5/15/87 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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02/06/2009 - PRO POTENTIAL: LB Darry Beckwith was a finalist for the Butkus Award that goes to the nation's top linebacker and is considered one of the top prospects at inside linebacker. He is projected as a second- or third-round choice.

 

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