Editor’s note: As LSU prepares for what should be a promising 2016 campaign, expectations are sky-high as the team returns 18 starters and the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take a closer look at LSU’s 25 most important players who will determine whether this upcoming season will be a success or letdown.
No. 12: Christian LaCouture
Christian LaCouture has been a steady presence along the LSU defensive line for the past three seasons. After flirting with the notion of going pro early, the versatile tackle is back for his senior season.
During spring practice, he 6-foot-5, 307-pound lineman spent time at both defensive end and nose tackle in defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s 3-4 scheme, and he will work out at both spots along with fellow upperclassman Davon Godchaux heading into fall camp before roles are solidified.
Wherever LaCouture winds up, it’s nearly a given he’ll find a way to be a consistent force.
LaCouture appeared in 11 games last season, including 10 starts, and finished the season with 35 tackles, including 2.5 for loss. He also managed one sack, a pass breakup and a forced fumble.
During LSU’s spring game, LaCouture registered three tackles as a defensive end, and then told SEC Country he anticipates the newly implemented defensive front to be “salty” this upcoming season.
If that prediction proves true, LaCouture will be one of the primary reasons why, wherever he lines up.
Coming Friday: A home-run threat
- No. 25: Danny Etling
- No. 24: Kristian Fulton, Saivion Smith
- No. 23: Devin White
- No. 22: Tyron Johnson
- No. 21: Rashard Lawrence
- No. 20: Donte Jackson
- No. 19: Colin Jeter
- No. 18: Trent Domingue
- No. 17: Corey Thompson
- No. 16: Kevin Toliver II
- No. 15: William Clapp
- No. 14: Rickey Jefferson
- No. 13: Ethan Pocic
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.