LSU players report for fall camp on Aug. 5 so we’re counting down to that day with a daily blog series on things to watch during camp. Traditionally, the media has been cut off from viewing practices at some point during camp so we might have to be quick with the observations.
No. 7: Sophomore receiver Malachi Dupre’s emergence as the go-to guy
Who’s Involved: Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural
The Scoop: Last year, Dural had 20 more catches and 450 more yards than the next best LSU receiver. Malachi Dupre hopes to change that this go-around, and, at least in spring ball, it appears the once highly touted recruit from New Orleans is on the path there.
Dupre emerged in spring as the leader of the receiving corps. He out-distance everyone in the spring game (4 catches, 112 yards, 2 touchdowns), and, during practice, appeared to be the No. 1 guy in drills.
Dupre might not only give LSU a second option to Dural this year – something the Tigers lacked in 2014. He may give them a No. 1 option. Dupre gained 10 pounds during the off-season, bulking up to nearly 200 pounds in an effort to combat the physicality of SEC defensive backs.
“I don’t feel slower,” Dupre said during spring. “I feel better when I’m running. Getting stronger helps everything.”
What Will We Watch Happen: Dupre just might overtake Dural for the go-to option for LSU’s quarterbacks. The issue: LSU’s quarterbacks.
Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris are expected to wage a fierce battle for the starting gig during fall camp. Jennings struggled in getting the ball down field to someone other than Dural last season, and Harris had mental lapses that lost him the starting job.
No. 9: Fournette returning kicks
No. 8: OL Maea Teuhema and Toby Weathersby
No. 7: Malachi Dupre’s emergence
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