Top Ten in Ten: No. 5 Christian LaCouture

Christian LaCouture, right, is poised to take over as LSU's most used defensive tackle. (Travis Spradling)

Christian LaCouture, right, is poised to take over as LSU’s most used defensive tackle. (Travis Spradling)

“Top Ten in Ten” is a 10-part blog series on the top 10 players, by importance, for LSU’s 2014 season. We’ll have a player each weekday, counting down to the No. 1 player on Aug. 4, when LSU begins fall camp. 

  • No. 5:  Christian LaCouture
  • Year, position:  Sophomore, defensive tackle
  • Height, weight: 6-5, 298

Looking back

LaCouture seemed to be No. 3, behind Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson, in the defensive tackle rotation last season. He finished the year with 13 tackles, third among defensive tackles, and had a sack. A four-star prospect, LaCouture was ranked as the No. 14 strongside defensive end recruit in the country in 2013 by both 247sports and Scout.com. He decommitted from Nebraska, ultimately choosing the Tigers over the Cornhuskers, his in-state and hometown school.

Looking forward

Coaches appear to be high on LaCouture. He’s expected to win one of the tackle jobs, though redshirt freshmen Maquedius Bain and Frank Herron will be fighting behind him for playing time. LaCouture is likely to see the most snaps of any defensive tackle – maybe any defensive lineman.

Number To Know

2 – LaCouture’s ranking among 2013 prospects from Nebraska

Top Ten: