The level of excitement and curiosity surrounding LSU freshmen, particularly on the offensive side of the ball, has been through the roof during Fall Camp.
With playing time available at each of their positions, many have focused in on Brandon Harris, Leonard Fournette and Malachi Dupre. And rightfully so. But there are a few others whose names also came up recently at LSU Media Day – Trey Quinn and Tony Upchurch.
Below TSD has the latest chatter on all of the aforementioned offensive rookies, including their roles, what makes them stand out and how they’re performing to date in practices this August.
OC Cam Cameron on his freshmen . . .
“I think all our young guys (are doing well). The common thing is to single out Leonard, Malachi and even Brandon to some degree. But that entire class, I’ve seen a lot from all of them. The best way after one week to say it is I’ve been impressed with all our young players . . . There are still a lot of unknowns about those guys, but they’re extremely bright, number one, and extremely hard workers. From what I’ve seen all the guys are what we thought they were. That’s not always the case. I think these guys are all we thought they were and then some. That’s a really good sign for us.”
QB Brandon Harris on RB Leonard Fournette . . .
“He’s a big dude, and he’s my roommate. He’s one of the hardest-working people I’ve been around. He deserves everything he’s getting. As far as comparisons to Adrian Peterson, he’s it. I’ve seen Adrian Peterson play on the TV. As a quarterback you always want to see a guy drop back and sling the rock, but when you watch him it’s kinda like ‘Hand Adrian Peterson the ball!’ It’s the same way with Leonard. Just give him the ball and let him do him.”
Harris on WR Malachi Dupre coming in ready . . .
“It’s the strength of coaching. John Curtis is no slouch. There’s a reason they’ve won and done everything they’ve done over at John Curtis. The dude’s intelligent . . . He’s polished. There’s a reason he’s the number one receiver coming out of high school. That dude can run some routes.”
WR coach Adam Henry on why Trey Quinn excels . . .
“His football IQ. He’s a student of the game. He understands the game, studies the game and has a passion for the game. He’s one of those guys that’s just relentless.”
Henry on if Tony Upchurch will stick at WR . . .
“Too early to tell right now. He’s learning and grasping the offense right now. Different guys come from different sets of offenses, so there’s a learning curve there. But he’s continued to keep working.”