DUPRE IS JUST FINE
LSU fans can breathe easy when it comes to Malachi Dupre’s health.
The former five-star wide receiver missed the Tigers’ first full pads practice of fall camp on Friday. His absence left the LSU faithful crossing their fingers for good news.
Dupre said it was nothing serious, and that he returned to practice the next day.
“Yeah I was able to go [Saturday],” he said. “I’m not able to speak on [the injury], but I’m good. I always have been fine…I’m just getting better everyday. I’ve seen improvement in myself and the other receivers. The offense is making huge strides everyday, and that’s the most important thing.”
Dupre has taken to the collegiate game like a fish to water. He’s immediately placed himself near the top of the Tigers’ depth chart at wide receiver.
But he’ll admit the passing game still has a ways to go. It all starts with him developing chemistry with both quarterback candidates.
“It’s a work in progress for both because it’s something new,” Dupre said. “But it’s going great, and we’re working hard everyday to build the chemistry. We’ll be fine.”
QUINN HAS HIGH HOPES
It’ll take more than two pairs of feet to fill the shoes left behind by Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry.
Every receiver on the roster seemingly has a chance to contribute this season, and that’s led to some major competition. With few proven veterans on the roster, the true freshmen have their sights set on some significant playing time. While Dupre has received the bulk of the attention, he isn’t the only one fans are excited about.
Trey Quinn, the national record holder for high school receiving yards, has big expectations as well. It’s just a matter of showing out in practice.
“It’s a competition day in, day out,” Quinn said. “Everybody’s competing for the first spot, second spot, throughout. They say it’s a moving depth chart, and no doubt about it. One day you can have a bad day, and you never know what’s going to happen. There’s competition each day, regardless of what happened yesterday.”
ADAMS RELISHES INSIDE ROLE
Freshman safety Jamal Adams spoke at length about his development over the summer and the first week of Fall camp, saying that Ronald Martin, Tre’Davious White and Rashard Robinson have been his biggest mentors, pushing him to pick up as much as he can before the season arrives.
The Carrollton, Texas, native also mentioned he’s begun practicing with the first team occasionally in nickel and dime sets. Adams feels his versatility, particularly the ability to rush the quarterback, bodes well for his chances to make an impact defensively in year one.
“I definitely can [play down in the box]," Adams said. "I’m going to play wherever they want me to play. Chief is the man, and really I’m going to do whatever they ask me to do...I’ve been working down in the box for nickel and dime sets. I love coming off that edge just like Tyrann Mathieu did and Ron Brooks. I love coming off that edge, going after the quarterback, dropping hooks and helping my team out.”
IMPROVED HARRIS EMBRACES COMPETITION
One of the biggest draws at LSU Media Day was freshman signal caller Brandon Harris. Amid the swarm of reporters Harris confidently vowed he wouldn’t be bothered by a two-quarterback system and also shared just how far he’s come in the past few months, especially with the benefit of participating in spring ball as an early enrollee.
On possibly being part of a two-QB system...
“I wouldn’t care," Harris said. "As a freshman you’re kinda not even expected to play at quarterback, so if they’re playing both of us I would not care. It’s not like I’m going to come out and say something. I want to play. That’s just simple.”
On his progression since coming to LSU...
“I’ve just developed so much, and I know so much now compared to when I first got here," Harris said. "It’s unbelievable where I’m at now versus before I got here. So I think I went through all my learning curves. Obviously I’m still learning. I mean I’m a young guy, I’m a freshman, but that’s the perks of being able to graduate early and get here. When you’ve got a teacher like Cam Cameron, the sky’s the limit.”
A SLUMBERING FOURNETTE
Even a once-in-a-generation talent like Leonard Fournette had some adjusting to do once he arrived at LSU — it just didn’t have anything to do with football.
So what is it that Fournette has struggled with these last couple months?
“Waking up,” he said with a laugh. “I love sleeping.”
If that’s been the toughest part of college, then everything else should be a breeze for the nation’s best recruit in the Class of 2014. But just because the game may seemingly come easy to him, he hasn’t taken anything for granted.
While he necessarily hasn’t had a humbling experience yet, he doesn’t need one. He understood the level of competition would take a serious leap up once he got to campus. He readied himself to embrace it.
“I knew that when I committed here,” Fournette said. “I knew it wasn’t high school anymore, with how fast everybody’s moving and how fast those gaps close. Everything’s a lot faster in college.”
Even the alarm clock seems to tick a bit faster.
TSD's Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua contributed to this report