LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture has a knee injury that could sideline him for the upcoming season. Both the Baton Rouge Advocate and New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that LaCouture has what was described as a significant/major knee injury.
News: #LSU confirms LaCouture & Washington "suffered injuries"
Source: both are to knee, believed to be significant https://t.co/N884BCKGTD
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 9, 2016
The speculation is that LaCouture has an ACL injury that was sustained during a non-contact drill.
LaCouture, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior, has started 23 games at defensive tackle the past two seasons. The Tigers are switching to a 3-4 defensive scheme this season and he was expected to shift outside to defensive end.
Another concern for the LSU defensive front is that defensive end Isaiah Washington is hobbled with a knee injury he suffered recently. While Washington should be able to recover, the possibility that LaCouture could miss the entire season is not a great way for the Tigers to start preseason practice.
If the speculation is accurate and LaCouture is lost for the season, that development comes less than a day after LSU’s defensive line added an unexpected asset.
Travonte Valentine, a 340-pound defensive tackle, on Monday told 247Sports that he was rejoining the team 13 months after he was dismissed for a violation of team rules. He was the third-ranked tackle coming out of high school and is the No. 1 junior-college defensive tackle in this year’s recruiting class.
LSU hasn’t confirmed that Valentine is back on the team but if he is he could play an important role as a nose tackle in the Tigers’ new defensive alignment.