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Darry Beckwith (ILB)
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 234
College: LSU
Conference: SEC
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
High School: Parkview Baptist
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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.


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.


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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.


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.


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