LSU loaded at WR

Phil Fulmer's biggest concern heading into the 2005 season was a youthful secondary featuring two starting safeties (Jonathan Hefney, Antwan Stewart) who had never played the position prior to this fall. So far, the defensive backfield has been adequate but Fulmer isn't getting a false sense of security.

"We've held our own," the Vols' head man said recently. "We haven't been tested much downfield but we will be this week, I believe."

He got that right. Tennessee's secondary will face a whole new level of challenge in tonight's game at LSU. The Tigers just might have the most talented receiving corps in all of college football. Here's a player-by-player breakdown:

- Craig Davis (6-2, 199) was a first-team preseason All-SEC pick (Lindy's). He caught 43 passes for 649 yards in 2004 and has made at least one reception in 13 consecutive games, dating to the 2004 opener. Davis caught four balls for 49 yards in the 2005 opener vs. Arizona State.

- Skyler Green (5-10, 185) was a consensus preseason All-SEC pick. He made College Football News' All-America watch list and was rated No. 149 among the NCAA's top 200 players by the same source. Even so, he's listed second team this fall behind teammate Dwayne Bowe. Green caught 48 passes as a sophomore but played in just eight games last fall due to injury. In the Tigers' 2005 opener against Arizona State he caught three passes for 34 yards.

- Dwayne Bowe (6-3, 217) also made the College Football News All-America watch list at his position. He is rated No. 173 among the top 200 players by CFN. Bowe piled up a whopping 122 receiving yards vs. Iowa in the Capital One Bowl last January. He did not play in the 2005 opener.

- Early Doucet (6-0, 206) started three games as a true freshman in 2004, finishing the season with 18 catches for 257 yards and two touchdowns. He recorded three receptions for 62 yards in the 2005 opener against Arizona State, including a game-winning 39-yard TD grab in the final minutes.

For what it's worth, LSU also has two exceptional receiving threats who aren't wide receivers.

Tight end David Jones (6-4, 266) was a second-team preseason All-SEC pick (Lindy's) who also made CFN's preseason All-America watch list. Last year he caught nine balls for 147 yards, a whopping 16.4 yards-per-catch average.

The Tigers also throw quite frequently to running back Joseph Addai (6-0, 214), who made three receptions for 34 yards in the 2005 opener.


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