Dural pushing young receiving corps

LSU's Travin Dural has bigger plans for the receiving corps and offense this season. He details the progress of the Tigers' young targets with TSD's Ben Love.

HOOVER, Ala. – There's no shortage of talent at the receiver position for LSU heading into the 2015 season.

The same cannot necessarily be said about the corps' experience, but that isn't stopping Travin Dural, the resident old man in the group suddenly, from being bullish on the Tigers' pass-catchers and offense this fall.

Check out what Dural had to say about becoming the leader of the wide receivers and how each of his positional teammates are progressing in their games. This interview was first aired on "Bumper to Bumper Sports" on 103.7 FM (KLWB) in Lafayette.


Becoming the leader, growth in the corps ...
“I’ve taken on that leadership role, basically because I’m that older guy. The message I’ve given the younger guys is that in order for this offense to really be as dynamic as we need to be, we have to be able to pass the ball. We went back and we watched most of the film (from last season) together again in the spring and we saw our mistakes. We saw where we weren’t getting opened when we needed to get open, when we weren’t running the correct route or getting the correct depth to help the quarterbacks out.”

Playing for new WR coach Tony Ball this spring ...
“It’s been different, but he’s helped us grow a lot. He’s a guy who loves the details, loves the little things. In order to get to the next step with him, we have to do the little things right. If we don’t do the little things right, we’re not going to move past that (in practice). So we’re going to stay on it until we get it perfect. That way in the game it’s nothing to think about, it’s just second nature for us.”

On Malachi Dupre ...
“Malachi has done some real good things this summer, really this year starting in the spring and continuing on into the summer. He’s grown a lot. He’s gained some weight. He’s gotten faster and stronger. He’s doing a lot of good things that are going to help us in the fall.”

On Trey Quinn and John Diarse ...
“Trey Quinn and John Diarse are two guys who played the slot a lot for us. John has really, really grown. He’s a guy with a bigger body that can go across the middle and make the catches with guys all over his body. Trey has grown a lot, too. He’s taken this offense and really learned it. So he’s a guy we can not only use in the slot. We can also put him on the outside.”

On spring standout D.J. Chark ...
“He’s a guy who is really long and fast. He can really stretch the defense for us. He’s gained some weight, too, and he’s really learned the playbook. He was a guy who kinda struggled with the playbook his freshman year, but this spring he really got a hold of it.”




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