LSU defensive end Christian LaCouture said Tuesday he may play in the Tigers’ spring game Saturday at 7 p.m. in Tiger Stadium, but that decision will ultimately come down to coach Ed Orgeron and head trainer Jack Marucci.
“Coach O and Jack Marucci have all the stuff on that,” LaCouture said. “I don’t know. I would really like to. I think I am, from what I’ve been told. But I feel like that’s something for Coach O and Jack Marucci, our trainer, to know.”
LaCouture, a fifth-year senior from Nebraska, sat out the 2016 season after tearing his ACL during a preseason practice. He's participated in spring practice but has done so wearing a gold jersey, which signifies limited contact.
LaCouture, who dons LSU’s celebrated No. 18 jersey, has not taken part in any live scrimmage this spring, but he feels he’s nearing full strength.
“The only part I really haven’t been doing is live scrimmaging, but everything else has been full contact, full go,” LaCouture said. “(I’m) just trying to get back in that game shape. I feel like I am. Like I said, you have that week off (for spring break). Now, it’s getting back into a business mode and prepare yourself. But I feel like everything’s good. I’m almost 100 percent, I feel like. There’s nothing really holding me back.”
LaCouture is one of three fifth-year seniors who are projected to start on the Tigers' defensive line, joining Greg Gilmore and Frank Herron. LaCouture’s backup is sophomore Rashard Lawrence.