Adam Henry isn’t nervous. He’s not anxious either.
LSU’s receivers coach lost two of the nation’s best in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., and many expect true freshmen could play substantial playing time this year.
“No nervousness. No anxiety,” Henry said. “In our room as receivers, we have a standard. Just because a bunch of older guys graduated and they leave, the standard is still there. You may be young but the maturation process has to speed up.”
Rookies Malachi Dupre and Trey Quinn were ranked as two of the best out of high school. The pair is expected to have significant roles for LSU this year.
Henry has installed “a lot” of LSU’s offense with the freshmen already, and now the players are learning the “finer details,” he said.
As a whole, his freshman receivers – the list includes D.J. Chark and Tony Upchurch, too – have a high football IQ, Henry said. That helps their prospects of playing early.
“It’s really important because the system we run is an NFL system,” Henry said. “It’s one of the things where football IQ helps you play faster. Once the guys are comfortable with it, they’ll play faster. Right now, guys are running routes and doing certain things, but there’s a little hesitation, but the guys are progressing. That’s part of it.”
Dupre, who was ranked by some outlets as the top wideout in the nation, has received the most attention of any new guy, but Henry said he’s not ready to play just yet.
That’s not to say he won’t be when the Tigers travel to Houston to kick off the season against Wisconsin on Aug. 30.
“He has some progression to make,” Henry said. “All of the young guys, because they’re still young. My job is to get them ready and get them to the best point where they can do the things they do.”
Bradley Dale Peveto still has the last foul ball hit out of the old Alex Box Stadium.
It is, for now, buried in a box somewhere. It is, soon to be, placed in his office.
“I’ve kept that thing. Pretty cool deal to me,” said Peveto, LSU’s new special teams coordinator and defensive assistant. “I’m a big baseball fan. I don’t miss many of the baseball games here.”
Peveto went through Sunday his first LSU media day since returning for his second stint with the school. The former head coach at Northwestern State, Peveto left after one season at Kentucky to join the Tigers. He coached at LSU from 2005-2008.
Peveto is helping with the defensive linemen and defensive backs while running the Tigers’ special teams.
He’s back at the place in which he made that memory at the old Alex Box. Peveto brought the ball to baseball coach Paul Mainieri for his signature.
“I jumped over the fence and got it,” Peveto said of the foul ball.
“I’m so proud to be back here at LSU and Louisiana. I was proud that coach Les Miles called me back,” he said later. “He can hire anybody he wants. Fact that he hired me back here, I’m very humbled. I owe a lot to that. It’s precious. It’s precious to me. It’s something I’m very proud of.”
Studying the Badgers
LSU is well aware of Wisconsin’s quarterback battle. The Tigers have been studying tape for the last few months.
“We’ve looked at them a bunch in the summer time,” Miles said.
Wisconsin is having a similar battle for its starting quarterback job. Incumbent Joel Stave is being pushed by more run-centric quarterback Tanner McEvoy.
The Badgers had an open scrimmage Sunday, and Stave did enough to appear ahead in the competition. Still, coach Gary Andersen suggested that Wisconsin would insert McEvoy in some packages.
Miles said coaches watched McEvoy’s spring game.
“He has the ability to throw and run,” Miles said.
The coach said his defense during practice is competing against a similar quarterback. Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris are both athletic QBs who can move.
“Good news is we’re preparing for a mobile quarterback with our defense when we line up against our team,” Miles said.
LSU isn’t far from selling out home games to Ole Miss and Mississippi State and the season opener against Wisconsin.
The school has less than 500 tickets to sell for the Sept. 20 game against Mississippi State and the season opener in Houston against Wisconsin, said Brian Broussard, associate athletic director for ticket sales.
LSU has about 600 tickets left for the Oct. 25 game against Ole Miss.
LSU’s game against Alabama is the only home match sold out. LSU is offering single-game tickets for home games against Sam Houston State, Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State, New Mexico State, Kentucky and Ole Miss. Single-game tickets can be purchased online at www.lsutix.net.