LSU Football: Steve Ensminger expecting breakout season from senior

LSU football OC Steve Ensminger (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
LSU football OC Steve Ensminger (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

LSU football offensive coordinator is expecting a breakout season from one of the Tigers’ senior wide receivers.

LSU football offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger is expecting a breakout season from one of the the Tigers’ seniors.

Ensminger said on Monday evening that he believes wide receiver Racey McMath will have a breakout season for LSU in 2020.

McMath is a former three-star recruit that LSU signed out of New Orleans (Edna Karr) in 2017.

The Louisiana native didn’t see much action in 2017 and 2018, but he showed a lot of potential last season, playing behind Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson and Terrance Marshall Jr.

In 13 games last year, McMath caught 17 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns. The highlights of the season for McMath included a 60 yard touchdown reception from Joe Burrow against Mississippi State and a 58 yard touchdown reception from Myles Brennan against Texas A&M.

While there were a lot of targets to go around last year in the Tigers’ high octane offense, there weren’t enough to properly showcase McMath’s abilities. But Ensminger clearly saw enough in practice to be impressed with the rising senior.

Another reason Ensminger could believe a breakout season is in the works for McMath?

Well, McMath probably saw a lot of second team reps in practice with Brennan, which likely gave the duo the chance to develop some important chemistry together.

That should help McMath’s chances to climb the depth chart.

Chase and Marshall will undoubtedly be the top two wide receivers for LSU in 2020.

Beyond that, though, it’s wide open.

McMath should have the advantage to be the Tigers’ No. 3 wide receiver, but he’ll face some stiff competition for that spot. Former four-star wide receivers Trey Palmer and Devonta Lee will be entering their second seasons with the program. Then there’s also true freshman Kayshon Boutte, a five-star recruit, who will battle for targets.

And we can’t forget about incoming five-star tight end Arik Gilbert, who will likely be used in a variety of ways in LSU’s offense.

(Side note: it’s insane how much talent LSU has right now, even with the losses they suffered this offseason.)

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The Tigers probably won’t replicate their offensive success from 2019, but if McMath and others are able to step up, we should still see a very prolific offense in Baton Rouge in 2020.