HOUSTON – Defensive tackle Christian LaCouture fractured his forearm late in LSU’s 56-27 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night at the Texas Bowl, multiples sources told The Advocate.
LaCouture, a draft-eligible junior, suffered in the injury in the final minutes of the bowl game, and his left arm was heavily wrapped and in a sling Wednesday.
LaCouture, a starter at tackle the last two seasons, is one of a handful of draft-eligible underclassmen toying with the idea of skipping his senior season and entering the NFL draft. He was one of at least six players to request an evaluation grade from the NFL College Advisory Committee. LaCouture said over the weekend that he received his grade and it was “good.”
The committee releases three grades: first round, second round and remain in school. Those who requested grades from the committee include linebacker Kendell Beckwith, center Ethan Pocic, cornerback Tre’Davious White, defensive end Lewis Neal and left tackle Jerald Hawkins.
A few players have said they’ve received their grades, but no player has announced a final decision. Deadline for declaring is Jan. 18.
Hawkins is the most likely to skip his senior year, and many on the coaching staff expect him to do so, The Advocate reported over the weekend.
LSU coach Les Miles said earlier this month that several underclassmen have told him they plan to play their senior years, but he declined to reveal names. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said Tuesday night that a few players have told him he’d return for his senior season. Cameron also declined to reveal names.
“There’s guys who have said they’re definitely coming back,” Cameron said. “I’ll let them tell y’all.”
It’s unclear how LaCouture’s injury will affect his decision. LaCouture is not ranked among defensive tackles in CBSSports.com’s 2016 draft projections. He’s ranked as the No. 10 defensive tackle for the 2017 draft.
The NFL combine is set for Feb. 23-29.
The Tigers have lost 23 players early to the NFL draft over the last four seasons – believed to be the most of any college team.
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