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It’s the “Next Man Up” as LSU’s Devin White Has to Sit First Half Against ‘Bama

No. 4 LSU will be without its top linebacker for the first half of the critical clash vs. undefeated No. 1 Alabama.

Devin White will miss the first half vs. the Crimson Tide due to being called for targeting in LSU’s 19-3 victory vs. Mississippi State.

The targeting penalty occurred when White hit Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald in the fourth quarter and it was upheld after being reviewed.

Since the penalty happened in the second half of a game, White will have to miss the first half of the Alabama game.

Many observers across the country were livid at the call and The Advocate compiled their frustrations on Twitter.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron is taking a no-excuses attitude into the primetime Nov. 3 contest against the defending national champions in Death Valley that will have major SEC and College Football Playoff implications.

“We probably won’t have Devin for the first half, so we’re going to have to make some adjustments there,” Orgeron said to ESPN. “It’s gonna hurt our football team. But you know, hey, we gotta live with it. That’s what it is, that’s the rule, and that’s what we gotta do, and we gotta get somebody ready.”

White amassed 10 tackles, a pass breakup and pressured Fitzgerald which led to an interception in the win vs. Mississippi State.

The junior, who was a preseason All-SEC selection and an ESPN.com midseason All-American, is No. 3 on Mel Kiper’s latest Big Board for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Sophomore Patrick Queen is White’s backup on the LSU depth chart according to ESPN.

LSU linebacker Michael Divinity told ESPN that White is taking it all in stride and the team is making the most of the situation.

“We just gotta go with what the ref called,” Divinity said to ESPN. “We can’t do anything about it … we gotta move forward.”

Safety John Battle insists the LSU defense will hold down the fort until White is cleared after halftime.

“It’s just the next-man-up mentality. It sucks that it happened. I think that rule is kinda harsh, to suspend a guy for a whole half,” Battle said to ESPN. “… but I know the type of person he is. He’s going to lift his teammates up, and I think the team will support the next man up.”