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. 19: Colin Jeter
Colin Jeter burst onto the scene early on in the 2015 season when LSU’s longtime starter at tight end, Dillon Gordon, went down with a season-ending injury.
In came Jeter, a junior college transfer who did not record a catch in his first season with the team.
This time, the 6-foot-7, 244-pound native Texan made his presence felt. Jeter made his first start on the road at Mississippi State, then corralled his first touchdown the following Saturday in a rout of Auburn. Jeter’s career game came in November at Ole Miss, where he hauled in four passes for 46 yards.
Jeter is set for what is truly his second season as LSU’s starting tight end, where he’s not only an added blocker along an already-punishing offensive line, but an extra weapon for Brandon Harris in the passing game.
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— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) April 12, 2016
Cam Cameron’s offense has never truly featured the tight end, but Jeter may prove to be the exception in what should be a modified version of the scheme in 2016. Jeter boasts incredible height and a large frame, and he showed he has steady hands in a small sample size last season.
Consider Jeter one of LSU’s most valuable red-zone assets other than some guy named Leonard Fournette. The team’s fifth-leading receiver a year ago could be in store for an even more productive senior season.
Coming Wednesday: The Tigers’ most valuable special-teamer
- 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
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.