Many are seasoned veterans and a select few are new to the roster, but all 50 Tigers figure to make an impact on the gridiron in 2015.
So we hope you enjoy this list, updated once each weekday and compiled by the TSD staff of Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua (who, naturally, had disagreements of their own along the way).
Today the countdown arrives at No. 32 with Trey Quinn, a second-year wide receiver hoping his sophomore effort resembles more the first half of his freshman campaign than the latter half.
REASON FOR OPTIMISM
Everything was going swimmingly for Quinn (6-0, 194) last fall, at least through the first half of his debut season for the Tigers. In total he played in all 13 games in 2014, starting seven times – including the opener against Wisconsin, the SEC opener versus Mississippi State, the Alabama game and five conference ballgames collectively. That’s quite a statement for any LSU freshman.
For the most part Quinn produced, too, when given chances. The sure-handed, strong route-runner from Barbe amassed 17 receptions (tied for second on the team) for 193 yards, with a long of 27 yards. He was, even in the midst of a bad quarterback year in Baton Rouge, a consistent chain-mover through the first nine contests, helping replace a portion of what LSU lost when Jarvis Landry turned pro after his junior year.
Quinn also proved to be versatile, taking two reverse hand-offs for a total of 11 yards and even returning a punt for seven yards. While there are taller, more athletic receiving alternatives around him, possibly no LSU wide-out possesses the combination of hands and position acumen Quinn does.
STILL LEFT TO PROVE
The down side to the Trey Quinn story in 2014 is that things went decidedly south during and after the Alabama game. He dropped a few passes in that tight rivalry game, and on an LSU team where passing yards came at a premium, that was deemed unacceptable by then-position coach Adam Henry and the powers that be on the Tigers’ staff.
He didn’t start again in the two remaining SEC ballgames or in the Music City Bowl versus Notre Dame. Quinn’s role as the preferred slot receiver was usurped by a player one year his senior, John Diarse, who had a big Thanksgiving night at Texas A&M and scored on a long touchdown pass against the Fighting Irish in Nashville.
And so, to get back to where he was, Quinn must re-climb the mountain. He’ll have to do that in 2015 surrounded by a deeper cast of talented receivers. Not a single position player graduated or transferred in this offseason. On the contrary LSU added three signees at receiver, including two that could threaten Quinn for playing time in the slot in Tyron Johnson and Derrick Dillon.