DBU is becoming WRU.

LSU calls itself DBU because of its track record in producing defensive backs who win major college accolades on their way to becoming high NFL draft choices and outstanding professional players.

Think of former Tigers such as Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne, Tyrann Mathieu, Jamal Adams and Tre’Davious White, not to mention current Tigers Grant Delpit and Derek Stingley Jr.

LSU has sent a few wide receivers to the NFL whose performances have greatly exceeded what they were able to do within the limitations of their college offense. Think of former Tigers such as Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and D.J. Chark.

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But the trio of wide receivers in LSU’s record-setting offense this season are going to be entering the NFL over the next couple of years and by the time their college careers are done that nickname might just have to be changed.

Justin Jefferson. Ja’Marr Chase. Terrace Marshall Jr.


All three have had seasons that are uncharacteristic of LSU receivers — at least, they were uncharacteristic until passing game coordinator Joe Brady and quarterback Joe Burrow transformed the Tigers’ offense this season. LSU is going to play Clemson in the CFP Championship Game on Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans (8 p.m., ESPN).

Burrow won the Heisman Trophy by a record margin for being on the throwing end of the most prolific passing game in SEC history. Chase, Jefferson and Marshall have been the primary guys on the receiving end.

Chase won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best wide receiver. Jefferson has been as good as Chase. Marshall has been the silver medalist on this relay team, but he has had limited opportunities because of early season foot surgery.

Both Chase and Jefferson have caught a school-record 18 touchdowns, 50 percent more than Dwayne Bowe’s previous record and matching former Florida receiver Reidel Anthony’s SEC record.

Chase has been the biggest-play receiver, amassing 1,559 yards on 75 catches for an average of 20.8 yards per catch.


Jefferson’s 14 catches in the 62-28 CFP semifinal victory against Oklahoma on Saturday gave him 102 for the season, breaking Josh Reed’s school record of 95 that had seemed to be one of the hardest-to-reach individual records in Tigers history.

Jefferson might have had a chip on his shoulder about being underappreciated. After being named second-team All-SEC by the AP as a sophomore last season, he didn’t make either the first or second team this season.

Jefferson was the clear-cut No. 1 receiver as a sophomore last season as Chase and Marshall both struggled as highly touted true freshmen.

This season, Marshall missed three full games after getting injured against Vanderbilt, but he still has 43 catches for 625 yards and 12 touchdowns, which tied the old school record.

Brady has gotten a lot of deserved attention for transforming the Tigers’ passing game and helping Burrow become the almost certain No. 1 pick in the next NFL draft. Brady won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.

But he doesn’t get nearly as much attention for his other responsibility, which is being wide receivers coach.

It was under his guidance that Jefferson became even better this season even after being very good last season. It was under his guidance that Chase and Marshall went from disappointments to exceeding the extremely high expectations for them when they arrived at LSU.

Burrow is impossible to stop — and nearly impossible to slow down enough to have a reasonable chance to beat him — because he has so many elite options from which to choose.

Thaddeus Moss has had the most productive pass-catching season by an LSU tight end with 534 yards on 42 catches, and leading rusher Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been an important part of the passing game with 50 catches for 399 yards.

But Chase, Jefferson and Marshall have been a huge part of Burrow’s success. Each time the ball is snapped, Burrow can see which player has the best matchup, and he knows at least one of them is going to win his.

Probably more than one.

He can usually pick the best of multiple really good options, knowing a reasonably good pass is going to produce a very good play.

As LSU gets ready to play for a national championship, DBU will get ready by practicing against WRU.