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. 15: William Clapp
Clapp burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman last season, proving to be an integral force in the LSU rushing attack as the team’s starting right offensive guard.
The 6-foot-5, 303-pound New Orleans native was on the field for 725 snaps, good for third on the team, and recorded 81.5 knockdown blocks, which also ranked third. The bulldozing guard produced double-digit pancakes twice down the stretch of last season, with 15 at Ole Miss and 13 in the regular-season finale against Texas A&M, and did not give up a sack.
That performance resulted in Clapp taking home numerous honors after the season, including being named a Freshman All-American and securing a spot on the SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman Team.
Clapp sat out of LSU’s spring practice after undergoing hip surgery and dealing with a sports hernia, but he again figures to be a key component of the Tigers’ big boys up front.
Along with the offensive line’s lone senior, Ethan Pocic, Clapp and Maea Teuhema are the only returning starters. Clapp seems destined to shift over to left guard after starting 10 games on the right side in 2015, in order to replace Teuhema, LSU’s projected starter at left tackle.
Clapp is expected to be healthy in time for fall camp, which will be underway in August.
Coming Tuesday: A first-year starter
- 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
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.