2002 Football Preview: Wide Receivers

A look at the main targets for the Tiger passing game in 2002.

WR Shyrone Carey

2 Shyrone Carey

5-7       180

Soph.   Sqd.

New Orleans    Shaw HS


Carey could only practice with the Tigers last year as a partial qualifier, but he's now ready to prove why he was such a highly touted recruit in 1999. He first picked Tennessee but didn't qualify to enroll. After sitting out of school a year, Nick Saban lured him to Baton Rouge.

Carey spent last spring working at wide receiver and made 3 catches for 46 yards in the spring game. There's a chance he could be line up at running back and see time with the return units in 2002.


3 Jerel Myers

5-11     180

Sr.        3VL

Houston           Madison HS


In tracking all of the records Josh Reed placed in the LSU annals, you're reminded that Myers had a breakout season of his own as a true freshman in 1999. With Reed's emergence, his numbers dropped. But the Tigers will need him to complement Michael Clayton and Reggie Robinson in 2002 – any of whom are capable of having a banner year.

Myers, a Freshman All-SEC choice in 1999, ranked third on the team in both receptions (39) and yards (461) for 2001, including a 34-yard touchdown vs. Alabama. His season-best was 8 catches for 59 yards against Tulane, and he enters his senior year tied for fourth in LSU history with 132 career receptions

A model of reliability, Myers has started 34 of 35 games in his career. 


4 Reggie Robinson

6-2       194

Sr.        3VL

Shreveport       Fair Park HS


A freak neck injury ended the 2001 season for Robinson before it began, as surgery for his herniated disc forced him to sit out what would have been his senior year. With a medical redshirt, he has return to 100 percent and expects to be a contributor in 2002.

Robinson, a Freshman All-SEC choice in 1998, was held out of the spring game as a precaution, but coaches are familiar with his ability. In his first three seasons, he has 77 catches for 1,061 yards and six touchdowns.


14 Michael Clayton

6-4       185

Soph.   1VL

Baton Rouge    Christian Life Acad.


Clayton had half the catches of Josh Reed in 2001 but it was still enough to place him among the elite receivers in the SEC. This year, many think he will inherit the spotlight from Reed and become LSU's go-to receiver. His athletic ability and size make him a constant threat to break the big play, and his tenacity shines through on special teams coverage.

As a freshman, Clayton caught 47 passes for 754 yards and 6 touchdowns in the regular-season to earn Freshman All-SEC and third team Freshman All-American (Sporting News) recognition. His 7 touchdowns are the most for an LSU true freshman since 1982 when Dalton Hilliard had 16. His biggest score came against Kentucky with 13 seconds left to give LSU a 29-25 win.


17 Bennie Brazell

6-1       170

Fresh.   RS

Houston           Westbury HS


Brazell was took a redshirt last season, meaning he had to wait a year to see action with the football team. But there was no wait for him on LSU's track and field squad. His freshman season culminated with a second place finish in the 400-meter hurdles in the NCAA Outdoor Championships that helped the Tigers claim the national title.

Position changes in the off-season could put Brazell in the rotation at wide receiver. As a senior at Westbury High, he caught 36 passes for 967 yards and 10 touchdowns and was selected an as All-American by USA Today.


26 Devery Henderson

6-0       190

Jr.        2VL

Opelousas        Opelousas HS


Henderson spent the spring with the wide receivers after playing two years as a reserve running back. He had 2 catches for 6 yards in the spring game playing on the white squad that chose to run the ball more following Marcus Randall's knee injury.

As a sophomore, Henderson was the Tigers No. 3 back and played in 10 games. He totaled 273 yards on 47 carries during the regular-season and got 13 rushes for 54 yards in the Sugar Bowl. His highlights from 2001 were a 50-yard run vs. Florida a 28-yard run vs. Miss. State.

Through two seasons, Henderson has 70 carries for 289 yards and three scores. Coaches hope to use his speed at wide receiver once he becomes familiar with the position.




45 Skyler Green

5-9       190

Fresh.   HS

Westwego        Higgins HS


Green wowed the New Orleans metro area with his exploits at quarterback, but he has chosen to move to wide receiver for the Tigers. He should be very exciting to watch after the catch. For more on Green, see the incoming freshmen profiles on page 74.


86 Junior Joseph

6-1       175

Fresh.   HS

New Orleans    O.P. Walker HS


LSU coaches tracked Joseph through his senior year and decided to offer after his standout performance in the Orleans-Jefferson All-Star game. He has good leaping ability and solid hands. For more Joseph, see the incoming freshmen profiles on page 74.



7 Gino Giambelluca

5-10     180

Fr.        RS

New Orleans    Holy Cross HS


11 Guy Harper

5-9       170

So.       Sqd.

Shreveport       Byrd HS


23 Greg Hercules

6-1       195

So.       Sqd.

Palatine, Ill.       Palatine HS

87 Blain Bech

6-1       172

Jr.        1VL

Slidell   Slidell HS


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