BATON ROUGE, La. — No number is more revered on the LSU football team than No. 18. And Ed Orgeron might’ve found its next owner.
According to a tweet from WBRZ Baton Rouge’s Michael Cauble, Orgeron announced that senior defensive end Christian LaCouture will be wearing 18 in 2017, taking over for departed defensive back Tre’Davious White.
— Michael Cauble (@MichaelCauble) March 20, 2017
LSU’s tradition of passing down No. 18 began with former Tigers running back Jacob Hester, who decided he would give his number off to the teammate that exemplified leadership and service after taking it over from former QB Matt Mauck. Past 18s since Hester have included defensive tackle Bennie Logan, linebacker Lamin Barrow, running back Terrence Magee and most recently White.
White was the first player to wear No. 18 two years in a row since tight end Richard Dickson in 2008-09.
The senior from Lincoln, Neb. tore his ACL in preseason camp last year, ending his season before it began. It was expected that that would be the end of LaCouture’s college career, as he stayed on to help with the coaching staff and even went through Senior Day activities last season.
But back in December, LaCouture announced he would accept a redshirt and stick around to play for Orgeron, defensive line coach Pete Jenkins and the Tigers in 2017. As of now, LaCouture is one of LSU’s starting defensive linemen in spring camp, taking over for one of the spots vacated by Lewis Neal and Davon Godchaux.
As a junior in 2015, LaCouture made 35 tackles, 2.5 for loss, with one sack and one forced fumble. In his career, LaCouture has seven TFLs and 4.5 sacks.