LSU wide receiver Travin Dural will return to the Tigers next season rather than leave college early for the NFL draft, helping to stem what is expected to be a smaller contingent of LSU underclassmen turning pro this year.
Dural, a third-year sophomore, was LSU's leading receiver by a wide margin in 2014. With a 6-foot-2 frame to go with breakaway speed, Dural averaged 20.5 yards per catch. But with LSU struggling at the quarterback position for much of the year, he averaged only 3.1 catches per game. His return gives the Tigers' returning quarterbacks, Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, a proven vertical deep threat for 2015.
Dural only emerged this season after sitting behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, both successful NFL rookies this year.
According to nola.com, other LSU underclassmen considering declaring for the draft include left guard Vadal Alexander, defensive end Danielle Hunter, defensive backs Jalen Collins and Jalen Mills, linebacker Kwon Alexander and right tackle Jerald Hawkins.