SEC Media Days start Monday in Hoover, Ala., and the league on Wednesday released the list of student-athletes who will be in attendance. Each school will have its coach and three players available to media members.
LSU’s players will appear Monday, July 10. Wide receiver D.J. Chark, running back Derrius Guice and defensive lineman Christian LaCouture will represent the Tigers.
Here’s some info on each player and what to expect from them in 2017.
WR D.J. Chark
Chark, a senior, finally emerged as an offensive threat last season with 26 receptions for 466 yards and three touchdowns, as well as rushing for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He had one touch in his first two seasons on campus — and it went for a 79-yard TD run against Texas Tech in the 2015 Texas Bowl. This season, Chark will have the honor of wearing the No. 7 jersey, following the likes of Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Leonard Fournette, who wore the number during each of the past three seasons.
Chark, who wore No. 82 for the Tigers last season, will be the go-to guy in Matt Canada’s new offensive scheme, which looks to replace Fournette, starting wide receivers Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural, and tight ends DeSean Smith and Colin Jeter. No other wide receiver currently on the roster has more than five career catches.
Chark has the potential to vie for all-league honors. The question is how often he’ll be targeted.
RB Derrius Guice
Guice led the SEC with 1,387 rushing yards in 2016 despite sharing time with Fournette. With Fournette now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Guice should see even more playing time as LSU’s feature back and is naturally receiving national attention as a potential Heisman candidate.
Guice will be LSU’s unquestioned feature back and also could see time at receiver in Canada’s scheme.
“I’ll be at receiver a lot now,” Guice told reporters in March. “Those linebackers are in for a treat. That’s all I got to say.”
Only three LSU backs in history have rushed for 1,400 yards in a season (Fournette, Charles Alexander and Jeremy Hill) and only two have hit the 1,500-yard mark (Alexander and Fournette). “Reasonable” can be a loaded word, but it’s reasonable to think Guice could get 1,500 this fall.
DL Christian LaCouture
LaCouture participated in LSU’s Senior Day ceremonies last season, as many assumed he’d declare for the NFL draft. Instead, he decided to take a redshirt after missing the 2016 season with a severe knee injury. He will wear the No. 18 jersey, considered the highest individual honor for an active LSU player.
LaCourture, a Maine-born military brat who went to high school in Nebraska, will play both end and tackle in Dave Aranda’s 3-4 scheme and enters his final season with 86 tackles in 37 career appearances. The fifth-year senior is expected to end his career in Baton Rogue on a high note and regain the attention of NFL scouts who may have been scared away after his knee injury.
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