Top of the chart: The wide receiver position is currently clustered with underclassmen, meaning LSU coach Les Miles likely has a duo of names in his mind near the top of the depth chart for the Aug. 30 opener against Wisconsin. Only two wideouts on the squad even have a reception with the Tigers — sophomore Travin Dural and senior Quantavius Leslie — and both combined for only eight catches in 2013. Dural and Leslie could be two of the three starters against the Badgers, with one other underclassman rising to take the No. 3 spot.
On the move: After impressing early in camp, freshman Malachi Dupre has been “really nicked up” recently, according to Miles. Initial indications pointed to Dupre possibly taking a starting spot for the Wisconsin game, though it’s unclear how much his recent injuries will set him back.
Waiting in the wings: Both freshman Trey Quinn and redshirt freshman Avery Peterson have made waves through the first few weeks of camp. Quinn’s hands have proven to be as good as advertised, meaning he could find playing time early as a slot receiver or third down threat. With so many burners on the corps, several players and Miles have pointed to Peterson as being the fastest of the bunch, which could prove to be a valuable weapon early on.
Camp Developments: It remains to be seen how Miles wants his depth chart to look in a few weeks, but for now, the receiver position appears to be an open competition. Only Dural has a starting spot locked down, but with so many fresh faces making their marks in camp, the remaining two slots are still there for the taking.
“The smoothie I drank was really pretty good. After I drank it, the guy said there were specks of grass in that smoothie.” –Les Miles talking about the “grass smoothie” he drank for an ESPN commercial
The Advocate reported last week that redshirt junior defensive tackle Quentin Thomas would miss the remainder of the 2014 season, but Les Miles indicated on Wednesday that Thomas is already back and working with the squad. Thomas opted out of surgery, and Miles said he could be back to full speed by the weekend. Thomas’ return again shakes up the starting DT position with both redshirt freshmen Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore battling for a spot.
Next Three Up:
Full-squad practices at 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
Scrimmage at 10:45 a.m. in Tiger Stadium
Break camp – no practice
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