Billy Embody - SCOUT

2016 LSU Football Player Profile: WR Travin Dural

Billy breaks down LSU wide receiver Travin Dural in the latest Tiger Blitz Player Profile.

http://www.scout.com/player/146592-travin-dural

Position: Wide Receiver
Size: 6-2, 207
Year: RS-Senior
High School: Breaux Bridge HS
Hometown: Breaux Bridge, La.

Recruitment

LSU had offered Dural in late March 2011 and not even two weeks later, Dural told the staff his recruitment was over and he was coming to be a Tiger. The four-star receiver committed with one of his teammates after being offered by Alabama shortly before the Tigers came through with the offer. He stayed true to his commitment and ended up a Tiger. 

2015 Recap

After starting every game during his redshirt sophomore season, Travin Dural started eight of the 10 games he appeared in. Against Ole Miss, Dural injured his hamstring and was out the rest of the season. 

Dural finished with 533 yards and three touchdowns on the year while having a few big plays for the Tigers including a 40-yard touchdown catch against Alabama. 

This spring, Dural admitted that while he was out for the spring, he gained 30 pounds eating Popeye's and the coaching staff was joking he'd be stuck at tight end. That won't be the case though as Dural dropped the weight and is ready for his senior year.

2016 Outlook

LSU's second-leading receiver from 2015 is back opposite Malachi Dupre and big things are expected of him. He's another big-bodied (although still lags behind a few receivers) receiver on the team that can go down the field and get it. 

With Dural having bought into new LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig's thinking on how wide receivers work with the quarterbacks, expect Dural to be targeted more this season in the intermediate passing game. 

Dural is in shape and ready to go and the best thing that could have happened to Dural is the younger receivers that are there to push him. The likes of Drake Davis, D.J. Chark and others continue to press for playing time. That could be enough motivation for Dural to have a big year.

Expectations

A huge improvement for LSU would be to see Dural top the 1,000 yard receiving mark — something that hasn't happened for LSU since 2013. The last two receivers to do it were Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, Jr — both in 2013.

Dural has talent and has shown the ability to produce for LSU. With LSU largely focused on the ground game, it'll be a tough mark to break. More consistent passing and better opportunities could lead one of the LSU receivers to top 1,000 yards.

I'd guess it won't be Dural although he could be out to really make a name for himself for the next level and a 1,000 yard season would do just that.


Tiger Blitz Top Stories