Consider last year as a time for setting the foundation.
At least according to LSU wide receiver Malachi Dupre, who believes now it’s time to take the next step.
As the LSU offense looks to build on more experienced weapons and what seems to be an always-evolving philosophy, Dupre made no secret of the high expectations he has for his offense this upcoming season, particularly as they pertain to the oft-criticized and always captivating passing offense.
“I just feel like anything gets better with practice,” Dupre said on Thursday. “The passing game has been an emphasis in practice. With so much talent at the position and two receivers coming in that are huge, Jazz (Ferguson) stepping up and doing a good job … As long as we keep improving on it and working on it, I don’t see a reason why we shouldn’t be one of the best passing offenses in the country.”
Dupre didn’t flinch on that assessment either.
The New Orleans native understands how strong of a running game the Tigers boast, but that’s part of the reason why he believes the passing game should thrive next season.
While LSU has continually held the reputation for being a run-first offense, Dupre believes some situations have held the unit back, but are bound to be corrected in 2016.
“With our running back opening things up, we should have one-on-one matchups all the time,” Dupre said. “Our success running the football put us in situations. We didn’t have problems throwing the ball sometimes when we needed to. But sometimes the rhythm might not have been in place and we looked off-beat.
“We have the tools to do it. This year, we’re a year old and way more mature, a lot better than we were last year. No matter what situations are presented to us, we’re going to capitalize on it and make plays whether we’re in a rhythm or not.”
Part of the reason Dupre is so confident is the evolution toward more spread principles in the offense.
As is well-noted, LSU utilized a high volume of spread principles in its romp of Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl last December, which served as a step in the right direction, according to the rising junior wide receiver.
“We definitely want to build on what we started last year,” Dupre explained. “We need to have more explosive plays that we’re capable of. We have all the tools necessary to have one of the best passing offenses in the country. It’s just upon us to sharpen it, be the best we can possibly be at it, and we’re taking a step in the right direction.”