One player that could have a break out season this year for LSU is St. Martinville native Early Doucet, a junior wide receiver who was highly esteemed coming out of high school a little more than two years ago.
During his two seasons as a Tiger, Doucet, who was nicknamed "Tiger" when he came out of St. Martinville, has seen playing time in 23 games, starting in eight of them and has accumulated 646 career receiving yards and seven touchdowns. His production he not been what some expected but we feel like that will change following the 2006 campaign.
Regardless of who gets the nod, all three players look to play key roles in the LSU offense this fall as the Tigers will use a lot of 3-wide sets.
In 2005, Doucet started the first three games of the season, as well as four more spread throughout the season, including the SEC championship game. He saw action in the first 11 contests before missing the Peach Bowl due to a shoulder injury.
As a sophomore, he compiled 389 yards and five touchdowns on 26 receptions to finish third on the team in receiving yards and second in touchdown catches. His best performance of the year came in an off-the-bench appearance against Vanderbilt, where he hauled in five catches for 94 yards and one touchdown.
Prior to last season, Doucet
started three times and played in all 12 games as a true freshman, piling up 257
yards on 18 catches with two touchdowns to earn a spot on the coaches' Freshman
All-SEC team. As a newcomer, his biggest outing came in a start against
Coming out of St. Martinville,
Doucet was regarded as the top wide receiver prospect in the country and the
best recruit in
Playing primarily quarterback as a senior, Doucet racked up 700 passing yards for seven touchdowns, 800 rushing yards for 16 touchdowns and 250 receiving yards for three scores. He also played free safety and returned kickoffs.
Along with the Tigers, he was
heavily recruited by
Dearman's Perspective on Doucet
Doucet has served as the third wide out behind the receiving tandem Craig Davis and Dwayne Bowe the past two seasons, and is slated to do so again this year.
Showing tremendous talent out of high school, this could also be a bust out season for Doucet, but with the LSU quarterbacks fighting for time, the return of Davis and Bowe, and a excess of talent at running back, it is also likely that Doucet's time to shine will come next season when he will likely be the top receiver to a fifth year senior quarterback.