Previewing LSU's Tight End Room for the 2024-25 Season

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In 2023, the LSU offense rarely used tight ends and why would they with threats like Malik Nabers, Brian Thomas Jr, and Kyren Lacy on the outside? This season the tight end position will become important again as the LSU offense needs to replace the 2,746 yards and 31 touchdowns that the receiving duo produced. Heading into the season, here's how LSU's tight end room stacks up for the 2024 season.

The Starter:

Mason Taylor will once again start at the tight end position and if anyone is poised for a massive season it's Taylor. After an incredible freshman campaign, Taylor took a step back mostly due to Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas Jr's dominance. Taylor finished the 2024 season with 348 yards on 36 receptions with a touchdown. The biggest positive for this upcoming season, is the fact that taylor had his best game with Garrett Nussmeier at quarterback hauling in 7 catches for 88 yards in the ReliaQuest Bowl.

While Taylor will be a massive contributor in the passing attack, his prowess as a blocker can't be understated. If Taylor takes a step up this season, it's easy to see a world where he's one of the top candidates for the John Mackey Award for the best tight end in college football.

The Contributors:

Mac Markway

As a Freshman, Markway got to start one game when Mason Taylor missed the Mississippi State game with an injury while appearing in 11 other games. Markway finished the season with three catches for 16 yards and a touchdown. Markway spent the spring as the second team tight end and he'll likely spend the most time on the field with Mason Taylor.

Ka'Mourreun Pimpton

As a true freshman, like Mac Markway, Pimpton saw playing time in a ton of games but, wasn't used much as a receiving threat. This season that should change as the LSU offense should look to lean on it's tight ends with a less experienced wide receiver core. The LSU offense has a group of tight ends that are incredibly athletic and players like Pimpton, Mason Taylor, and Trey'Dez Green on the field together can create nightmares for opposing defenses.

Trey'Dez Green

The LSU Football team has a tight end in Trey'Dez Green who could be the most exciting player to watch from the first time he steps onto the field. As a recruit, Green was ranked as the top tight-end recruit in the country according to On3's industry rankings and as a five-star recruit.

What makes Green's ability impressive is the fact that he started playing football in High School quickly becoming a top recruit which means he could rise to another level with the coaching at LSU. When watching Green, he looks like a wide receiver trapped in the body of a tight end and if anything speaks to his athleticism it's the fact that he also plans to play for the LSU Basketball team this season.

Walk-Ons looking to earn bigger roles

GiVanni Peterson

After joining the LSU Football team as a walk-on in 2022, Peterson earned himself a scholarship through hard work. After playing in seven games in 2023 Peterson is poised to see an increased role in 2024. This season, Peterson should see his roles both as a tight end and on special teams increase as he's a vital piece in short-yardage situations.

Gabe Leonards

Thus far, Gabe Leonards has appeared in just one game playing a few snaps against Army after walking onto the team in 2021. This season, Leonards will look to make a bigger impact potentially on special teams as he's buried in a deep tight end room.

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