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. 8: Davon Godchaux
It’s difficult trying to name any one defensive lineman as more important than the next, but Godchaux easily stands out as one of the players who will be critical to LSU’s success in 2016.
The 6-foot-4, 293-pound junior is preparing to transition to nose guard in defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s newly implemented 3-4 scheme. This comes after Godchaux shined at defensive tackle the past two years, racking up 41 tackles, including nine for loss and six sacks, to go along with four quarterback hurries and a forced fumble during his sophomore campaign.
Godchaux spent time at both nose tackle and defensive end this spring before defensive line coach Ed Orgeron ultimately settled on having the Plaquemine (La.) High School product man the middle of the front.
LSU’s new starting nose guard has never played anything but defensive tackle in his football career. This spring, he admitted that it hasn’t been the easiest of transitions, but added that he has enjoyed the switch because of the immediate success he and the rest of the defensive line had tasted.
Godchaux is now in a position where he’ll be a run-stuffer and also a pass-rusher in the new-look front. Aranda’s system breeds chaos that originates on the defensive line, and Godchaux will be in a role where his success should open the door for Christian LaCouture and Lewis Neal to follow suit.
Coming Wednesday: The secondary’s lone senior
- 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
- No. 12: Christian LaCouture
- No. 11: Derrius Guice
- No. 10: Kendell Beckwith
- No. 9: Maea Teuhema
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.