By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor
LSU’s speediest pass catcher is coming back for one more season.
Junior wide receiver D.J. Chark will return for his senior season, Chark announced via twitter on Monday morning. Chark was one of two talented receivers LSU could have lost early to the NFL Draft.
Here’s the announcement from Chark:
Chark, an Alexandria native, translated his rare blend of blazing speed and a 6-foot-3 frame into a productive junior season. He developed a report with quarterback Danny Etling, hauling in 26 passes for 466 yards (17.9 YPC average) and three touchdowns, tied for the team-high.
The speedster also proved himself a threat in the run game via jet sweeps and end arounds, two staples of newly-hired coordinator Matt Canada’s offense. Chark turned 12 carries into 122 yards and two scores this season. He spoke with Canada prior to LSU’s BWW Citrus Bowl rout of Louisville.
With Chark returning, LSU now awaits a decision from fellow junior receiver Malachi Dupre. Leonard Fournette, Jamal Adams and Davon Godchaux have already declared early for the NFL Draft.
Chark will wear No. 7 for LSU next season, the number previously worn by Leonard Fournette, Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson.
Loved reading this post from DJ. He sounds like a young man with a good head on his shoulders. Makes me so proud of our Tiger athletes when they make thoughtful, articulate statements that show their maturity. And proud of the staff of men around them that are obviously good examples and good influences on our players! #LSUrocks