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. 4: Malachi Dupre
Dupre hauled in only 30 passes throughout his entire high school career at John Curtis Christian School (River Ridge, La.), but he distinguished himself as one of the best wide receivers in the nation as just a college sophomore in 2015.
Last year, the New Orleans native led LSU in receiving with 43 receptions for 698 yards and six touchdowns. That receiving total ranked 13th among SEC receivers, and Dupre is confident that the Tigers’ aerial attack is destined to make a big leap forward in 2016.
Dupre is a big reason why he and others feel that way.
LSU is preparing to implement more spread principles and emphasize short passes on offense this season. Dupre, a projected leader, hauled in a pass in every single game a season ago and looked the part of Brandon Harris’ go-to target during spring practice.
Dupre, who measures in at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, is LSU’s top possession receiver with the ability to run every route on the tree. During the spring game, he was the recipient of many short passes, which allowed the junior to show off his explosiveness after the catch.
A projected first-round NFL draft pick, Dupre boasts outstanding hands, great speed and polish.
Above all, he is a major competitor. He will block, haul in catches or run routes to open up his teammates if that’s what it takes for LSU to win games.
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- 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
- No. 6: Travin Dural
- No. 5: Jamal Adams
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.