Q&A: LSU WR coach Tony Ball

LSU's newest assistant provides his take on the Tiger pass catchers.

Q: What impression did you have of the LSU wide receivers when you coached against them in the past?

“Talent. From afar, you saw the talent. You saw the athleticism. There was a toughness. They seemed to have an enjoyment for the game. That’s what you’re able to observe from afar.”

Q: And how did they compare to what you expected of them once you got here?

“It turned out like I thought it would, what I expected. They’re a great group of kids, great personalities. They get along with one another very well. They’re very respectful young men. You don’t always say that about young men in general, but these guys are in a major college program, highly visible, and they’re extremely respectful. You can appreciate that. Their parents have done a great job raising them.”

Q: What has led to DJ Chark's rise since the spring?

“DJ’s continued to learn. That’s probably the one thing that’s been stressed upon him, is to continue to learn, work hard this offseason to strengthen his body, because he’s a long, gangly young man that can run. We wanted to make sure he got stronger.”

Q: Where in the offense has Malachi Dupre moved around during camp, and what makes him a versatile option for you?

“He moves around in our offense. That’s the flexibility and diversity we have in our offense. He’s one of the main guys. We want to be able to move him around to multiple positions and make plays.”

Q: Could you envision LSU ever going with four-wide with the amount of depth you have at wide receiver?

“That’s certainly a possibility with our depth. If the opponent leads you to that being the best attack, then that’s what you do. We’ve just got to make sure we have the talent and the depth to do that.”

Q: What's been your impression thus far of the three true freshmen wide receivers Tyron Johnson, Derrick Dillon and Jazz Ferguson?

“They’re very, very talented. I knew about those receivers. They were just what I thought. Watching Derrick Dillon’s highlights at quarterback, I got a sense of his explosiveness, his toughness, competitiveness. Jazz has just unbelievable ball skills. Everything I saw from my evaluation of them, they lived up to it. Those three kids are just solid young men as well.”






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