Publisher's Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD's Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.
No. 48 – WR James Wright
Three spots in, an upperclassman finally makes an appearance on TSD's Top 50. Wright, the first of six wide receivers on the list, will enter his senior season at LSU in 2013. As a junior Wright hauled in 18 passes for 242 yards, including a highlight-reel 48-yard grab in the team's home win over Ole Miss. For his career Wright has amassed 25 catches for 304 yards and no touchdowns.
He dealt with a nagging shoulder injury for much of 2012, a season in which Wright was his most productive yet even if Kadron Boone soared past him on the depth chart at the X receiver position. He'll deal with even more competition heading into Fall Camp now that Travin Dural is healthy and Quantavius Leslie is qualified to enter from the JuCo ranks. At 6-foot-2 and with great leaping ability, Wright has all the tools needed to compete. Time will tell if he can improve on last year's output.
By The Numbers
Wright's highest ranking: 44th
Wright's lowest ranking: Not Ranked
Why this ranking is too high
Objectively speaking, Wright has underachieved to this point in his tenure at LSU. Yes, the offense has struggled mightily to go vertical in his three years on campus, but Wright hasn't shown that he can consistently makes plays despite the ineptitude. There's also the fact that Boone, at least three inches shorter, lapped Wright on the depth chart at a position where height and size are usually a prerequisite. The same thing happened this spring with Dural, who is two years Wright's junior.
Why this ranking is too low
He did have his most productive year to date, by a lot, in 2012, hinting that the best could be yet to come. Wright also dealt with that shoulder injury for the final two-thirds of the season, and, judging by spring practice, appeared to be in better shape in that department. A healthy and motivated Wright will have a chance to make a name for himself in his final season at LSU.
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