One of LSU's biggest offensive producers in 2006 will almost certainly be wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who led the team in receiving yards, catches, and touchdowns last season. During his career as a Tiger, Bowe has amassed 1,539 yards for 14 touchdowns, while playing in 37 games.

After that season, he became one of the top prep wide receivers in the country, compiling 822 receiving yards for 14 scores as a senior to earn 6A All-State honors. Ranked as one of the best high school receivers in the nation, he was highly recruiting by schools such as Miami, Florida State, Florida and Michigan State, but chose LSU over the others following an official visit to Baton Rouge.


In his first collegiate appearance, he hauled in a 24 yard catch against ULM, and would prove to be the top freshman receiver on the team. During his first year as a Tiger, Bowe played in 13 games as a true freshman and brought in 106 yards on nine catches, serving as a supplement to stars Michael Clayton, Devery Henderson and Skylar Green.


The next season, Bowe started in 10 games, playing in all 12, and led the receiving corps with five touchdowns. He was second in receiving yards with 597. His biggest performance came in the final outing of the year, where he caught eight passes for 122 yards against Iowa in the Capital One Bowl.


Bowe emerged from the pack of talented Tiger wide outs last season, when he led the squad in virtually every receiving category, tallying 41 catches for 710 yards and nine touchdowns. After missing the season opener against Arizona State and being held to just 28 yards against Tennessee, Bowe exploded to score touchdowns in seven consecutive games, including two against Mississippi State and one in a seven-reception, 98 yard performance against Alabama.


This season, he is again slated to be the team's top target, playing alongside other talented receivers in Craig Davis, Early Doucet and Xavier Carter.



Dearman's perspective on Bowe:


Dwayne Bowe had a breakthrough season last year, compiling over 700 yards on a team that was known to spread the ball around (five Tigers had over 250 receiving yards and seven made touchdown receptions).


This season could prove to be another landmark year for Bowe, who first impress quarterback JaMarcus Russell in high school, when after viewing film Russell told him they could win a national championship together.


The next year, they did win a national championship, though Bowe was playing a back up role and Russell was redshirted. With both players now playing in the top spot at their respective positions, could what Russell said four years ago hold true?

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