LSU’s receivers will be good, but don’t forget that they’re young
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Question of the Day: Tuesday, June 12
Since the day he was promoted, LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger has been touting his wide receivers as the strength of his offense.
Expectations are high for the group, which features a pair of touted newcomers in Terrace Marshall Jr. and Ja’Marr Chase. In some instances, those expectations may be a little too high.
Do you think this is the best WR core LSU has ever had?
— LSUSuperfan (@LSUSuperfan337) June 11, 2018
Let’s not forget that it’s going to be hard for this or any future group of LSU receivers to better any unit that had Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. as the core pieces. In 2013, they had the third- and fourth-best seasons by receiving yardage in LSU history — in the same season.
If it’s depth you’re going for, you could argue that the 2011 Tigers had it with Rueben Randle and Russell Shepard on top of freshman versions of Beckham and Landry.
The 2001 tandem of Josh Reed and Michael Clayton is another bar that any current group of LSU receivers would have to cross.
All that said, this current group certainly could represent the most depth LSU has had at the position, even if it isn’t the most talented. There’s a reason Ensminger wants up to five receivers on the field — it’s what will give LSU the best chance to win this season.
Just keep in mind that only one of those receivers has a proven track record in college, and it was in the Big 12. Texas Tech transfer Jonathan Giles is the only wide receiver on the team with more than 20 career receptions.
There’s plenty of potential for aerial success on this roster, whether it’s from the receivers we’ve mentioned or someone such as Justin Jefferson, Drake Davis, Stephen Sullivan or Racey McMath. But we simply don’t know enough about what any of them will do with a quarterback that most of us haven’t seen.
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