5 minutes with Kadron Boone

Could 2011 be the sophomore wide receiver's breakout campaign?

Rueben Randle and Russell Shepard are the constants at wide receiver, but LSU isn’t short on depth at the position.

Behind the pair of juniors are a slew of young bodies ready to see the field, from sophomores James Wright and Kadron Boone to freshmen Jarvis Landry , Odell Beckham and Paul Turner

The TigerSportsDigest.com staff caught up with Boone to see where the Ocala, Fla., native stands heading into the season opener against Oregon.

Player: Kadron Boone

Year (Experience): Sophomore (one letter)

Height/Weight: 6-0, 202

2010 stats: Played in all 13 games with no starts. Finished the season with four receptions for 62 yards.

2011 impact: Batting for No. 3 WR position

Did you know: Boone was originally committed to Texas Tech before head coach Mike Leach was fired.



On changing between freshman and sophomore year: “I am trying to be more confident than I was as a freshman. That is one thing (wide receivers) coach (Billy) Gonzales told our guys. He said we should fly around out there now. I think last year I was nervous. I was 18 years old and playing in the SEC. I had to get comfortable in the offense. I saw myself in situations where I would second guess myself. Coach G told me not to do that anymore, and in the spring I started having more confidence, and I carried that over the summer and into camp.”

On summer 7-on-7 workouts: “This summer I felt really good. I got lots of compliments from my teammates. The defensive backs said that I was faster and looked more comfortable. Jordan (Jefferson) also started to recognize it. Overall, I felt like I made some great improvement.”

On his position battle: “James Wright and I are playing different spots now. There was a lot of moving around in the beginning, but (Gonzales) finally put me in the slot behind Russell Shepard. Really I am looking to get on the field with whichever spot he wants me at. Coach knows that I know the positions. So if he needs me, he will call on me.”

On preseason talk of playing in New Orleans for the BCS title: “We understand we have to take it one game at a time. It’s nice to think about playing for a National Championship, but you only get there one game at a time. Right now we are only focused on Oregon.”

On playing in Cowboy Stadium for the second time in as many games: “I took all the pictures that I need last time. Now I know what to expect. We are focused on getting prepared.”


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