BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU sophomore defensive tackle Davon Godchaux takes great pride in representing his hometown of Plaquemine and is eager to become a bigger playmaker at the collegiate level.
The former Green Devil standout started the final nine games of last season for the Tigers and finished the year with 42 tackles. That was a somewhat miraculous effort, considering Godchaux was coming off major knee surgery and was in his first year with the LSU program. Now weighing a rock solid 295 pounds, Godchaux is excited about accomplishing big things in 2015.
"I feel great. This is my year right here," he says smiling. "I've got the best defensive line coach in the country (Ed Orgeron). I've got the best teammates
in the country, so I feel really good. My body's healthy coming off a second year of my ACL surgery. I feel really great."
LSU head coach Les Miles shares that positive sentiment.
"He has great flexibility, uses his hands, he's violent," Miles says. "He's a very smart player. I think he could have a very strong year."
One of the big question marks of this LSU team, is the defensive tackle depth behind Godchaux and junior Christian LaCouture. Those two, along with senior Quentin Thomas, basically played all of the snaps for LSU in the trenches last year.
"People think we can't do it. And that just makes us push harder and work harder," Godchaux says. "And in practice, we go hard every day. It really won't be a problem with depth, because we're going to be in the best shape. We'll be in the best shape, we've ever been in. When people say we need depth, I mean, we've got me, Christian, Greg Gilmore, Frank Herron and Quentin Thomas. That's all we need. You look at it last year, we only really played three guys."
Last season LSU held opponents to 152.7 yards per game rushing, good for 46th in the country. However, it wouldn't hurt if Godchaux and the other defensive tackles could rush the passer some. LSU registered only 19 quarterback sacks last year, ranking a very poor 102nd in the land.