LSU’s Tall And Talented Receivers
Senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger should be thrilled with the playmakers on hand to catch his passes and make big plays for the LSU offense. Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, both juniors, are projected to be the starters. Both saw significant playing time last year and made some spectacular catches.
Beckham stands 6-foot and needs to improve his consistency as he’s prone to drop catchable passes. He had a team-high 713 yards last season and averaged 16.6 yards a catch, so he knows what to do when he’s got the ball.
Landry is listed at 6-foot-1 and led the Tigers in receptions (56) and touchdown catches (five). They are backed by seniors Kadron Boone, who started a few games last year and caught four touchdown passes, and James Wright. Boone is 6-foot, and Wright stands at 6-foot-2. Almost all of LSU’s receivers and tight ends are at least 6-feet tall. The only receiver with a varsity letter that’s under that height is junior Terrence Magee at 5-foot-9.
Junior college transfer Quantavius Leslie is 6-foot-4 and will be counted on as a legitimate deep threat whenever he’s on the field. In addition, incoming freshmen Avery Peterson (younger brother of former LSU star Patrick Peterson) and John Diarse could push for early playing time, and both are 6-foot-1.
There are at least three tight ends at Mettenberger’s disposal. Dillon Gordon, a massive sophomore at 6-foot-5, 280 pounds, and junior Travis Dickson, 6-foot-3, 230, are the only tight ends on the roster that saw playing time last season. However, Logan Stokes spent two seasons at Northeast Mississippi Community College where he caught 10 passes for 80 yards and figures to be LSU’s primary tight end for blocking formations due to his 6-foot-5, 253-pound frame. Four-star prospect DeSean Smith (6-4, 226 pounds) only adds to LSU’s size and athleticism at tight end.
Seemingly, all Mettenberger has to do is throw the ball up and hope one of his receivers comes down with the reception. Of course, we all know that’s not the way things work against SEC defenses. You can be sure new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will be figuring out numerous ways to get the ball to this talented and tall group of receivers.