One to grow on

LSU running back Alfred Blue showed some flashes of athletic brilliance last fall during the Tigers' run to the BCS National Championship game. Those who bleed Purple and Gold are expecting more of the same from the rising junior this fall. When asked which offensive player would be a major difference maker this fall, Blue said without hesitation, "Jarvis Landry".

"Jarvis Landry is a young player who plays with an edge," explained Blue. "Even in practice, he does everything with an edge.

"He works in practice just like he's in a game."

At the conclusion of Thursday's practice session, Landry wandered into the Tigers' indoor practice facility without much fanfare.

The sophomore wideout calmly strolled in and waited to be approached.

A year ago, Landry did not have the benefit of a full spring of college level instruction or a summer of strength and conditioning under the supervision of Coach Tommy Moffitt.

This time last summer, there was no hoard of reporters eager to ask questions.

Needless to say, things are a little different now.

"It's been great," said Landry of his summer on campus. "Coach Moffitt and his staff do a great job with us all spring and all summer.

"It's been big for me to just be around the team and for us to get our chemistry together.

"We did a lot of things this summer to help us bond.

"We did a lot of team building things and we had a lot of guest speakers come in and work with us.

"There were some things we did not really related to football that brought us all closer and helped our team's morale."

The offensive play calling is expected to undergo a bit of a transition this fall with Zach Mettenberger taking over under center.

The Tiger offense will, however, look to replace wide receiver Rueben Randle who declared early for the NFL draft.

Landry reports that the pass catching cupboard is far from bare and that the receiving corps should continue to be a strength.

"I don't think we're much different than last year," said Landry. "We had play makers on the team last year that could step in and make plays at any time.

"Nobody is going to step in and replace a guy like Rueben Randle. He's a great player who had an amazing career here at LSU.

"I think some of us are going to have to step up and make some of those plays that he would have made."

The Lutcher, Louisiana product is not looking to be the focal point of the offense.

Landry simply wants to do his part to make the Tiger offense go.

"I am just looking to contribute," said Landry. "I am looking to step into that role of being the slot guy.

"Our coaches are on us about learning every receiver position and not just knowing one spot on the field.

"We want to be better receivers and we want to be more versatile.

"We may be in a situation where we have to go no huddle, so the more you know, the better off you'll be."

"People should expect the guys in the wide receiver room to step up their game this year.

"We have an arm like Zach Mettenberger to get us the ball now.

"He is a great quarterback and he did a great job today.

"He is going to give us all a chance to make more plays."


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