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Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Former LSU player Odell Beckham Jr., right, chats with LSU wide receiver Malachi Dupre (15) during halftime at LSU football's spring game.

LSU Spring Position Recap is a 7-part series highlighting each position’s performance during spring and outlook heading into summer workouts.

Position: Receiver

Spring Depth Chart:

  • X: Malachi Dupre (Dee Anderson/Tyron Johnson)
  • Z: D.J. Chark (Tyron Johnson)
  • Y: Jazz Ferguson (Stephen Sullivan)

Projected Fall Depth Chart:

  • X: Malachi Dupre (Dee Anderson/Tyron Johnson)
  • Z: Travin Dural (D.J. Chark)
  • Y: Jazz Ferguson (Malachi Dupre)

Three Things Learned:

  • Jazz and Dee: Jazz Ferguson and Dee Anderson are expected to have bigger roles than many might have thought. That’s at least according to what we saw during spring. Ferguson, a sophomore who played very little last year, served as LSU’s No. 3 receiver during the spring, mostly lining up in the slot. Coach Les Miles said the staff is”turning to Jazz and seeing what he wants to accomplish.” Anderson, a mid-year enrollee, played WR with the second-string during the spring game and had one of the better catches of the day. He’s 6-foot-5.
  • Tyron has work to do: Tyron Johnson, the state’s No. 1 player last year, needs a great summer and solid preseason camp to work his way into LSU’s typical three-receiver rotation. He appears to be behind, at least, Malachi Dupre, Travin Dural, D.J. Chark, Jazz Ferguson and, possibly, Dee Anderson. Johnson participated with the second-string offense in the spring game. During spring practices, Johnson was often toward the back of the rotation during individual drills – behind, even mid-year guys like Anderson and Stephen Sullivan. That’s usually a sign of the pecking order.
  • Craig’s influence: Dameyune Craig is bringing a physical brand to
    Dameyune Craig watches D.J. Chark during a Big Cat drill.

    Dameyune Craig watches D.J. Chark during a Big Cat drill.

    LSU’s receiver group – at least that’s what he wants to bring, as he told us in this Q&A. Did he accomplish that during spring? It’s tough to tell just yet, but he’s determined to have his receivers be just as physical as any other position, and he gets excited when they flash that during the Big Cat drill. Craig’s influence doesn’t stop there. Receivers, OC Cam Cameron and QB Brandon Harris have all agreed that the former Auburn QB is helping LSU’s passing game, too.

LSU Spring Position Recaps