Q & A: LSU WR Malachi Dupre

TSD's Ben Love went 1-on-1 with wide receiver Malachi Dupre after LSU's opening win.

LSU football was a winner its first full-length game of the 2015 season Saturday, holding on to beat Mississippi State in Starkville 21-19.

The offense flashed glimpses of better potential this fall in the first half, but coordinator Cam Cameron's unit by and large tucked away its passing game in the final 30 minutes, opting to ride running backs Leonard Fournette and Darrel Williams to the finish line.

Following the game inside Davis Wade Stadium, TSD caught up with sophomore receiver Malachi Dupre to gauge his thoughts on the game, the Tigers' offense and how starting quarterback Brandon Harris performed.

Dupre, who caught two passes for 22 yards (including a key 20-yarder for a first down), shared his takes on these topics and several more, below.


Ben Love: At quarterback Brandon Harris got his second career start tonight. What did you see from him?

Malachi Dupre: I feel like he came out early and made some plays in the air and with his feet. He did what we needed him to do to win. He did a good job with the play calls that we had. He's 1-0 in his sophomore season in the SEC West, so you really can't ask for more.

BL: What did you think about the offense as a whole? It seemed like it was a little more conservative in the second half, a lot of running to secure the win.

MD: Right, in the first half we had some pretty good plays in the air and showed what we can do throwing it. In the second half we went in with the lead, and so I feel like the coaches did what they thought we needed to do to win. And then we did, so you can't be too mad with that.

BL: Only three receivers - you, Travin Dural and John Diarse - took the field tonight for LSU. What did you think of that?

MD: I feel like the coaches just went with who they trusted. It was the first SEC game. I can remember myself last year for my first SEC game. My mind probably wasn't where it needed to be, so I feel like the coaches just went with the experience and what would help us win the most. I know the young guys will get some playing time this season for sure.

BL: I know Travin had two touchdowns wiped off the board in the first half. How did he react to all that after the game?

MD: It wasn't really after the game. During the course of the game we know what's going on, we realize he had two taken away. After the first one there was disappointment. We knew we could've executed better to keep that touchdown on the board. The second one, he had a really good run. If we could've kept those two touchdowns on the board, it would've helped us tremendously. It's disappointing for him, but there will be more opportunities to come later in the season. And I know he'll make the best of them.

BL: I know the mentality after last week's cancelled game was frustration. What's the team's outlook right now leaving this stadium?

MD: We're 1-0. We're very excited to be 1-0 in the SEC West, toughest division in college football in my opinion. I feel like we're happy, but very eager to get to work Monday to prepare for a really good Auburn team coming in next week. Our job is only a fraction done. We still have a lot of work to do.

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