Badgers to face touted LSU freshmen
MADISON—Because LSU once more sent several talented and productive underclassmen to the NFL, head coach Les Miles and his coaches expect to rely heavily on several talented freshmen in 2014.
Wisconsin could see three of those faces when the Tigers have the ball Saturday night at NRG Stadium in Houston: tailback Leonard Fournette, wide receiver Malachi Dupre and quarterback Brandon Harris.
Fournette, 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, generally was considered the No. 1 recruit in the country for the 2014 class.
He rushed for 7,619 yards and 88 touchdowns at St. Augustine in New Orleans.
Dupre, 6-3 and 187, was rated by some analysts as the top wide receiver in the ‘14 class. Also from New Orleans, Dupre caught 34 passes for 607 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. He caught 36 passes for 816 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior.
Harris, 6-3 and 188, is also from Louisiana. He was considered among the top five dual-threat prospects in the country and enrolled early at LSU.
He passed for 3,172 yards, with 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, as a senior.
Harris then dazzled LSU fans by passing for 195 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ spring game.
UW coach Gary Andersen acknowledged recently the staff has been searching to find video of the freshmen so UW defenders have at least some idea of what they’ll face.
“We scour the Internet for everything that you can possibly find,” he said. “If there’s a couple clips from the spring game, we’ll try to find those.
“You want to at least have an identity so the kids can watch the young men that they think they’re going to be competing against.
“It doesn’t do much for the scheme, but we want to know everything we can. And when you have this long to prepare, I guess you find everything you can.”