POSITION: Wide receiver
Highlights: Another of the high-profile recruits from LSU’s celebrated Class of 2014, Dupre, a consensus five-star prospect, was an All-USA first-team pick by USA Today. Coming out of John Curtis Christian School, he was ranked the No. 1 wide receiver by ESPN.com and was second or third at his position by three other recruiting services. In his debut season, Dupre was named to the All-Southeastern Conference Freshman Team after averaging 22.7 yards a catch with 318 yards and five TDs on 14 receptions. His five receiving scores were the most for an LSU freshman since Michael Clayton had six in 2001.
Strengths: With his 6-foot, 3-inch frame, Dupre possesses a knack for going up and locating the ball and snatching it out of the air at its highest point. His angular frame also allows him to ward off pesky smaller defensive backs, much like Saints wide receiver Marques Colston has done for years, while staking his claim to the ball. Dupre’s precise route-running and top-end speed also make him an inviting target for LSU’s quarterbacks as a deep-ball threat.
Must continue to: Work on the mental aspects that will help him become a more consistent receiver as his career progresses, especially when it comes to reading defenses. At the same time, Dupre said his goal heading into his sophomore season is to improve in all phases of the game — even what he considers to be his strengths. “That’s how you become a better player,” he said. “I feel like I have a lot of work to do in every part of my game.”
Projection: With 2014 leading receiver Travin Dural holding down one starting spot at wide receiver, Dupre will have a chance to start on the other side as he looks to build on his freshman season. Dupre also figures to be more involved in the game plan each week after biding his time in his first season in a Tigers offense that struggled to throw the ball on a consistent basis and was last in the 14-team SEC with 162.9 passing yards per game.
No injury update (walkthrough practice closed to media)
Next three up
WEDNESday: Practice, 8:35 a.m.; 3:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: Practice, 9:15 a.m.
FRIday: Practice, 9:05 a.m.
“He has great flexibility, is violent at the point of attack, uses his hands and is a very smart player. ... I think he could have a very strong year.”
— LSU coach Les Miles on starting defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, who started 10 games as a true freshman last season and pairs with Christian LaCouture to form one of the best tackle tandems in the SEC.