Summer Top 50 - No. 47 Frank Herron

Rolling on through TSD's top 50 LSU football players for the 2015 season, we hit third-year defensive lineman Frank Herron at No. 47.

Because everyone loves to rank things, and because summer is the best time to argue and debate, TSD is spending the coming weeks through the end of July rolling out its top 50 LSU football players for the coming season.

Many are seasoned veterans and a select few are new to the roster, but all 50 Tigers figure to make an impact on the gridiron in 2015.

So we hope you enjoy this list, updated once each weekday and compiled by the TSD staff of Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua (who, naturally, had disagreements of their own along the way).

The countdown continues with No. 47, defensive lineman Frank Herron.


After LSU's first two up at defensive tackle, Davon Godchaux and Christian Lacouture, the Tigers could use some trusted depth at the position. Fifth-year senior Quentin Thomas remains and may turn out to be a pleasant surprise as the third tackle, but he'll first have to overcome a bicep injury that required surgery and has lingered for some time.

Herron (6-4, 278) has the size and potential to supplant Thomas and give new position coach Ed Orgeron that regular platoon defensive tackle. Of course so too do Greg Gilmore, a redshirt sophomore like Herron, and Trey Lealaimatafao (I'll wait to include Travonte Valentine in this mix until I actually see him practicing with the team).

Boding well for Herron are a few factors. First, he's got great versatility, having played defensive end in his redshirt year in 2013 and more recently inside at tackle. That type of flexibility figures to be rewarded under new coordinator Kevin Steele. He also benefits, as do the rest of the returning linemen, from Coach O's arrival. Herron looked to be in good standing by the end of spring, and it's the take here that he'll start Fall Camp in August with a leg-up on some of the others chasing for time at defensive tackle.


A player like Herron still technically has everything left to prove on the collegiate level, at least when the lights come on between the lines on Saturdays. The Tennessee native played in four games last fall as a redshirt freshman, totaling only three tackles during his limited run as a reserve.

Adding to his inexperience is the fact that virtually the entire group of defensive tackles on the team is back for the 2015 campaign. About the only exception is fellow Class of 2013 signee Maquedius Bain, who has moved out to defensive end, more or less flip-flopping with Herron from when the duo arrived on campus two summers ago.

Orgeron and LSU are expected to get plenty of surge up the middle this season in the pass-rush game, particularly from Godchaux. So where Herron can be most valuable is in plugging running lanes when he comes in for stretches at a time to spell Godchaux or LaCouture. If he can make that his calling card and disrupt opposing running games with any kind of consistency, Herron could become a welcome revelation. But he's got to prove it on the field first.

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