- Gary Laney, Reporter, GeauxTigerNation
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Leading up to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, we'll take a daily look at a key LSU player. We'll examine how he has done and what his challenges are for the Clemson game.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Soph.
Accomplishments: LSU's leader in receptions (52) and co-leader in touchdowns (4) saw his production go way up in the last third of the season. In the Tigers' last four games, Landry caught 29 passes -- more than half of his catches -- for 320 yards and three of his touchdowns. Among his scores was the one-handed, 22-yard touchdown grab against Arkansas that showed he has grown past his reputation of just a sure-handed possession option and moved into the "playmaker" category. Landry is also a tremendous perimeter blocker and a good special teams player, both as a blocker and in kick coverage.
Shortcomings: In the Tigers' first eight games, he had just 23 catches, mostly for modest gains as Odell Beckham, Jr. held the role as the Tigers' primary deep threat. At times, Landry appeared to be in a funk, just as prone to dropping passes as any of LSU's other struggling receivers. It's yet to be seen whether Landry has truly become a big-play threat or if he was going through a hot streak.
Against Clemson: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and his staff will have had more than a month to digest Landry's increased role in LSU's passing game when the two Tigers meet in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Landry and quarterback Zach Mettenberger might have to make subtle adjustments if they are to continue their connection in the bowl game. A big performance in the bowl will have Landry earning plenty of preseason accolades entering his junior year.