Wide Receiver Depth Major Strength for LSU Tigers in 2013

By Tyler Brett
Derick E. Hingle – USA TODAY Sports

The LSU Tigers are looking to open up the offense in 2013 with new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron hopefully unlocking the potential of quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Helping that cause will be the continued development of Mettnenberger as he enters his senior season and the NFL-caliber experience of Cameron under the headset. The key to their success, however, might be the depth of the LSU wide receiving corps.

At the top of the depth chart, Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham have proven themselves as viable options as the starting receivers. Last season, they combined for 99 receptions, 1,286 yards and seven touchdowns as the No. 1 and No. 2 leading receivers on the team in 2012. With another strong offseason under their belts, the pair of juniors will be counted on as leaders in the passing game next fall.

But the Tigers also have additional options down the depth chart. Junior college transfer Quantavius Leslie will likely push for playing time on the outside when LSU goes to three and four wide receiver sets. Travin Dural or James Wright could also come into the game as options on the outside of the offense and allow the experienced route runners of Landry and Beckham to slide down into the slot position, creating matchup difficulties for defenses.

Cameron will open up the offense at LSU next season, stretching the talents of Mettenberger to their fullest extent next fall. To get the most out of him, he will need to use the combination of wide receiving talent on the Tigers’ roster to create an advantage for the offense. Will the receiving corps make the difference for LSU in 2013?

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