Before the 2016 season, not many people knew who D.J. Chark was. He hadn’t caught a pass all year, but peeked interest after a 79 yard touchdwn run in the Texas Bowl. but after a productive showing last year and Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural gone, this is Chark time.
“My expectations this year is to be exciting. Few years ago, you used to watch Tyrann Mathieu and them and everyone was just excited. Antyhing could happen. We still have the same fan base. We still have those caliber of players so I feel like if we’re exciting and we put points on the board and our defense plays the way they should be then I feel like we can go pretty far this year,” said Chark.
Expectations couldn’t be higher for the Alexandria native to thrive in new offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s scheme, “Coach Canada can really scheme against any defense. I know I have to be in shape. It’s constant running from the the walk-though to the end of practice, so any moving parts. You also have to be a student of the game because you can’t just play one position. I have to play every position so I have to know what everyone is doing.”
Chark earned the respect of his peers so much so that this offseason, he changed his number to 7… also worn by names like Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, and most recently Leonard Fournette, “LSU does not take that number lightly. The fact that I have it, it just shows me that whatever I was doing I need to continue to do it, which means continue to work hard, continue to be a role model, continue making plays on and off…
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