Leading up to kickoff on the Ponderosa, TSD is ranking the 10 best players currently on LSU’s roster. We’ll take a close look at each Tiger, breaking down his career to this point and projecting impact for the 2015 season.
We’ve already profiled:
No. 7 Kendell Beckwith
Today, at No. 6, we highlight one of the brightest young prospects on LSU’s defense — Davon Godchaux.
WHAT HE’S DONE SO FAR
Godchaux missed most of his senior season after tearing an ACL in the first game. LSU stood by him throughout his rehab and honored his scholarship offer. Godchaux did come dangerously close to signing with Ole Miss, but LSU landed him in the end, and he proved to be a major get. No one was certain how ready he’d be for SEC play after spending so much time on the sidelines, but he was more than prepared for the opportunity.
He played in every game as a true freshman, earning a spot in the rotation at defensive tackle by the season opener. He saw increased playing time while Quentin Thomas remained somewhat limited with his biceps injury, and by the fifth game of the year, Godchaux was a regular starter. His emergence toward the second half of the season played a large part in solidifying the middle of that LSU defense.
Godchaux finished the year with 42 tackles, third-most among defense linemen and the most by a tackle.
PROJECTING HIS IMPACT IN 2015
It’ll be interesting to see if Godchaux can take an even bigger leap in his sophomore season after emerging as one of LSU’s more surprising prospects in 2014. He’ll now be seen as the leader of that position group, and he could teammate with Christian Lacouture to be a very formidable duo for the Tigers.
Nothing will be guaranteed to him though. He has a new position coach to impress in Ed Orgeron, and he’ll still have to make his case this spring that he deserves to return to the starting lineup.
We’ll also have to see what schematic changes Kevin Steele brings and how that affects the defensive line. Godchaux has already shown he’s a great fit as a tackle in the 4-3 scheme. But he’s also someone that could reasonably bounce to defensive end in the 3-4, if that’s the direction Steele wants to take it. Godchaux has that versatility and should be the star of LSU’s defensive line in 2015.