Over the last three weeks, Davon Godchaux has studied for and completed final exams. He’s watched hours of film on LSU’s Citrus Bowl opponent, Louisville, and collided with offensive linemen at practice in preparation for the Dec. 31 game.
He’s also spent nearly each night at the hospital, sitting with his ill mother.
“I’m a mature person,” said Godchaux, the Tigers’ three-year starting defensive lineman. “I’ve dealt with a lot of things in life. It’s tough, but I can deal with it.”
Albertha Godchaux needed surgery on an infected ankle and is now dealing with kidney complications. She’s out of intensive care, though, and is getting better, Godchaux said Wednesday.
She's spent nearly a month hospitalized, about half of that at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and the other half at Baton Rouge Regional, where she currently resides.
“I go up there and go see here,” Davon Godchaux said. “I went before practice and after practice. It’s just something you have to do deal with. There are better days to come.”
Oh yes, Godchaux has plenty on his plate. One thing currently missing from his list of to-dos, he says, is his decision on the NFL draft. Godchaux, projected as a second- to-third rounder if he enters the 2017 draft, is putting off that decision until after the bowl game, he said Wednesday.
Godchaux is ranked as the draft’s seventh-best “3-4 defensive end” in WalterFootball.com’s rankings. In its most recent 2017 mock draft, Godchaux was selected in the middle of the third round, following running back Leonard Fournette (1st round; 5th pick overall), safety Jamal Adams (1st; 13th pick), center Ethan Pocic (2nd; 35th) and cornerback Tre’Davious White (2nd; 47th).
“After the bowl,” Godchaux said, “then I’ll think about that.”
For now, Godchaux has bigger issues, aside from preparing to play Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson.
His mother’s kidneys are “looking better,” he said. She spent some time in ICU but is now progressing.
“I spent most of the night with her last night,” he said.