LSU football positional breakdown for the 2015 season

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Sep 7, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; UAB Blazers quarterback Austin Brown (11) is sacked by LSU Tigers defensive end Lewis Neal (92) in the fourth quarter at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated UAB 56-17. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

LSU is not short on talent on the defensive line. They are, however, lacking in depth.

Last month’s arrest and indefinite suspension of defensive end Maquedious Bain does not help matters. Bain was likely not going to start for the Tigers, but he was expected to see significant playing time as a key part of the rotation. He still will once his suspension is lifted, but it always hurts to be away from the team for the final months of the offseason.

The dismissals of freshmen defensive tackles Trey Lealaimatafao and Travonte Valentine also hinders the depth on the line. Neither player was expected to see much action this season, though, and their off-the-field headaches will certainly not be missed.

Fortunately, the Tigers have a new face leading the defensive line in Ed Orgeron, who is regarded as one of the best position coaches in the country. Players have a tendency to play up to and above their potential under Orgeron’s coaching.

Juniors Tashawn Bower and Lewis Neal could have huge years at defensive end, while Christian LaCouture and Davon Godchaux could thrive on the interior line as well. Arden Key and Frank Herron are among several young players that could also have a large impact in situational roles.

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