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LSU defensive lineman LaCouture might be out for year

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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.

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.

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