Editor’s note: As LSU prepares for what should be a promising 2016 campaign, expectations are sky-high as the team returns 18 starters and the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take a closer look at LSU’s 25 most important players who will determine whether this upcoming season will be a success or letdown.
No. 6: Travin Dural
Dural may have led LSU in receiving last season if not for the torn hamstring he suffered in a loss to Ole Miss last November.
The standout wide receiver is back for his senior season after hauling in 28 passes for 533 yards and three touchdowns a year ago.
Dural was forced to be a spectator during spring practice, as he continued to rehab his injury a few months removed from serious surgery. The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Louisiana native was able to participate in light drills, and is expected to be fully ready when fall camp rolls around.
As the LSU offense is expected to expand its playbook for the 2016 season, many anticipate Dural to play a significant role. The most seasoned member of the Tigers’ receiving corps, Dural has 24 starts under his belt to go along with 36 games played. In that span, the Breaux Bridge (La.) High School product has amassed 72 receptions, and 56 of those have resulted in either touchdowns or first-downs.
Dural is tied in 10th place in school history with five 100-yard receiving efforts, and he will certainly have an opportunity to climb up those ranks this fall. Equally as important, the senior wideout can help mentor LSU’s young collection of skilled wide receivers, including Drake Davis, Stephen Sullivan and Dee Anderson, who represent the future of the position once Dural and teammate Malachi Dupre presumably move on to the NFL.
Coming Monday: The nation’s top safety
- No. 25: Danny Etling
- No. 24: Kristian Fulton, Saivion Smith
- No. 23: Devin White
- No. 22: Tyron Johnson
- No. 21: Rashard Lawrence
- No. 20: Donte Jackson
- No. 19: Colin Jeter
- No. 18: Trent Domingue
- No. 17: Corey Thompson
- No. 16: Kevin Toliver II
- No. 15: William Clapp
- No. 14: Rickey Jefferson
- No. 13: Ethan Pocic
- No. 12: Christian LaCouture
- No. 11: Derrius Guice
- No. 10: Kendell Beckwith
- No. 9: Maea Teuhema
- No. 8 Davon Godchaux
- No. 7: Tre’Davious White
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.