LSU Players to Watch at the Senior Bowl
The Reese's Senior Bowl is a high level showcase for select college football players to show off their skills in front of scouts, talent evaluaters, and various coaches from the NFL.
This year, the LSU Tigers have four players who accepted invitations to participate.
- D.J. Chark-WR
- Darrel Williams-RB
- Greg Gilmore-NT
- Christian LaCouture-DT/DE
All four of these players are more than deserving and really showed up in a big way for the Tigers during the 2017 season.
D.J. Chark was the teams leading receiving with a less than stellar passer of the football at quarterback in Danny Etling. Chark was still able to make the most of his opportunities with the departure last season of former lead receiver, Malachi Dupre.
Chark was able to wrangle in 40 catches which totaled 874 yards for an insane average of 21.9 yards per catch. He also contributed with three receiving and one rushing touchdowns on the year.
Darrel Williams was part of one of the most dynamic running back tandems in all of college football last season. He and Darius Guice were phenomenal, while everyone thought Guice would be the lone bright spot at running back, Williams continued to also standout whenever you watched LSU play.
Williams rushed 145 times, for 820 yards, averaging 5.7 punishing yards per carry, and crossed pay-dirt 9 times. As far as catching the ball out of the backfield he was capable, he brought in 23 receptions, for 331 yards, and averaged 14.4 yards per catch.
Greg Gilmore was a staple in the middle of the stout LSU defensive line this past season. He was, what people like to call, a space eater. This meaning that he was a man who took up a lot of space with his size, standing at 6'4" and 318 pounds.
This nose tackle had the best season in his four year career at LSU in 2017. Gilmore recorded 53 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, and was able to get his paws on one pass defended this past season.
Last but certainly not least is Christian LaCouture. He was another key cog within this awesome defensive unit for the Tigers in 2017. After spending his first three seasons as mainly a defensive tackle, he transitioned to defensive end and it paid off in a big way.
LaCouture recorded career highs this past season in total tackles (66), tackles for loss (8.5), sacks (6), and passes defended (5). This kid is a lean, mean, pass rushing machine, and if he continues at defensive end at 6'4" 290lbs he could be a force to be reckoned with at the next level.