While the Bayou Bengals are on hiatus, TSD is running a story per weekday on breakout candidates for 2015.
These players may be new to the program, fresh off a redshirt or been around and just never had a chance to start. Whatever the case may be, if LSU is to author a successful 2015 campaign, they'll need these five players to break through.
CLICK HERE for Monday's piece on OLB Deion Jones.
CLICK HERE for Tuesday's piece on OL K.J. Malone.
CLICK HERE for Wednesday's piece on TE Desean Smith.
CLICK HERE for Thursday's piece on DE Lewis Neal.
NO. 5 - Malachi Dupre
The potential success of the previous four “Spring Breakout” candidates are not, for the most part, tied to another player on the team. For Dupre, entering his second season at LSU, the degree to which he can succeed is almost completely dependent on a change at quarterback.
The numbers don’t lie.
In 2014 Dupre caught five passes from Anthony Jennings for 84 yards and a touchdown. Jennings played the vast majority of last season at quarterback and had more incompletions thrown Dupre’s way than I could keep track of as I started going through the individual game play-by-plays.
So targeting Dupre, even with a stud playmaker like Travin Dural in the fold, wasn’t the problem for Jennings within the framework of LSU’s offense. It was putting the ball on his wide frame for Dupre to actually haul in passes.
Fellow freshman Brandon Harris did that a lot better.
Harris, whose connection with Dupre began to crystalize last summer, completed eight passes to Dupre for 190 yards and four touchdowns last season . . . in limited time. (For the bean-counters out there Dupre also caught a halfback pass from Terrence Magee versus Mississippi State for 44 yards.)
Dupre, 6-foot-3 and 187 pounds, will be LSU’s No. 2 receiver in 2015, more often than not lining up as the X-receiver with Dural more capable of toiling in the slot, which also allows for Dural jet-sweeps. When healthy Dupre is seemingly assured of not only playing time but targets.
But, as has been driven home, the difference between Dupre being one of the best young receivers in the SEC and just a body occupying a cornerback on the perimeter is who’s under center.
So if you’re on the Dupre Breakout Bandwagon, make sure to hitch it to the Harris Starts Bandwagon.