Demetrius Byrd will likely be LSU’s top receiver this season.
Projected starters: Brandon LaFell, Demetrius Byrd.
Next up: Jared Mitchell, Terrance Toliver.
Best of the bunch: Although he caught 15 fewer passes than LaFell, Byrd is more of a big-play threat and should be the Tigers’ primary playmaker at receiver.
Key loss: Early Doucet.
Round Table Ranking: 1.
2007 By the numbers: 24.9 (Tolliver averaged a whopping 24.9 yards per catch, 10 for 249).
2007 high point: Led by Byrd (6 catches, 144 yards, TD), LSU receivers accounted for 265 of the team’s 388 passing yards against Alabama.
2007 low point: South Carolina essentially shut down LSU’s receivers as the Tigers completed just eight passes for 70 yards, and half of that production went to the tight end.
Spring postcard: Byrd led all receivers in LSU’s spring game with 132 yards on four catches, with one touchdown.
Biggest concern: None.
Biggest reason for optimism: Although the loss of Doucet will be felt, LSU’s new quarterback – whoever it is – will have outstanding targets to throw to. Byrd, LaFell and Tolliver give LSU the strongest trio of receivers in the division.
2.] Ole Miss