Position: Defensive Line
Size: 6-4, 299
High School: Plaquemine
Hometown: Plaquemine (La.)
One of LSU's more highly-touted players in the 2014 signing class was Davon Godchaux as Scout's No. 172 ranked player and No. 2 ranked defensive end in Louisiana at the time. Godchaux chose LSU over Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and others to stay in-state with the Tigers. The No. 21 ranked overall defensive end in the 2014 class said he picked LSU in-part because when Godchaux tore his ACL his senior season, Miles trusted him enough to keep his scholarship offer on the table.
LSU's defensive line featured Godchaux and Christian LaCouture paired inside to lead LSU's defensive line last year, but during the three-game stretch, Godchaux and LaCouture both struggled as well as the rest of the defense did. Godchaux was a solid force in the middle for much of the season, but during that stretch, the run defense fell apart and that really starts with Godchaux and LaCouture.
Outlook in 2016
Godchaux will be moved back and forth before defensive end and defensive tackle, but mainly will be at defensive end now with LaCouture's injury.
The move to a 3-4 defense will allow Godchaux to be more aggressive and get after the quarterback. He said he can improve on a lot of things, but singled out rushing the passer.
"A lot better. Finishing to the quarterback. There's a lot more different attitude to the 4-3 from the 3-4."
The 3-4 defense will also help put players like Godchaux in the best position they can be in. New defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will have plenty of new toys to play with in addition to his returning players, which will give opponents plenty of different looks.
"It helps a lot because we can create mismatches. A lot of centers would say I'm quick when I'm at nose, but a lot of tackles would say I'm powerful."
The 12 pounds Godchaux lost in the offseason allow him to be quicker along the line of scrimmage as well. His versatility will be a huge plus to LSU's defensive line.
Godchaux' leadership along the defensive line will be key heading into this season. His "I'll do anything" mentality shows exactly what he's after and that's a national championship.
Godchaux doesn't focus much on his own expectations, but rather what he wants to see out of the defensive line.
"Just set the tone and win the games. We've got to come out and set the tone of the game and bust them in the mouth."
If LSU's defense is going to bounce back from last year's three-game stretch, Godchaux is going to be a big part of busting people in the mouth.