Summer Top 50 - No. 12 Malachi Dupre

TSD's top 50 countdown of LSU players arrives at a super-talented sophomore, wide receiver Malachi Dupre.

HOOVER, Ala. – Because everyone loves to rank things, and because summer is the best time to argue and debate, TSD is spending the coming weeks through the end of July rolling out its top 50 LSU football players for the coming season.

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 reaches an athletic freak at No. 12, sophomore wide-out Malachi Dupre.


Dupre oozes talent. From a sheer physical specimen standpoint, the John Curtis product would rank even higher than where he falls on this countdown. At 6-foot-3 and 187 pounds Dupre also has outstanding hand-eye coordination and leaping ability, making him an ideal threat down the field and in the red zone.

There's some production from a season ago to go with the promise and potential, too. In 12 games during his debut run in purple and gold, Dupre hauled in 14 passes (fifth on the team) for 318 yards (second) and five touchdowns (second). His 22.7-yard-per-catch average led the Tigers, even surpassing established wide-out Travin Dural.

A number of factors point toward this being a big season for Dupre, especially if his 2014 signing mate Brandon Harris takes over as the starting quarterback. Those two enjoy a special connection, as was on display in Harris' brief windows of P.T. last season.


Unfortunately for Dupre, and all of LSU's targets in the passing game, there are fair and legitimate question marks about the guys charged with getting them the ball - be it Harris or 2014 starter Anthony Jennings. So his ability to make an impact on the offense and change games is directly tied to two players that are still trying to put it all together themselves.

And it's not as if Dupre is a finished product on his end. He didn't develop all the route-running skills required to be an elite receiver in the SEC while in high school. That continues to be a point of emphasis for Dupre and the receiving corps: getting open. At times he struggled in that department during last season's maiden voyage, further exacerbating the problems at quarterback and in the passing game.

This is a case of an ultra-talented player trying to transition from blue-chip prospect to bona fide SEC playmaker. The tools are there. But Dupre must keep growing in his understanding of the position, and (something he can't control) the quarterback situation can't be as big a mess at it was in 2014.

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