BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Most wide receivers that begin at LSU are typically too thin and have to bulk up for the challenges of powerful SEC defensive backs, but sophomore John Diarse is a bit different.
Diarse played quarterback for Neville High School at roughly 225 pounds before stream lining himself to his current weight of 205.
"I got me some abs working, got me some abs now," Diarse said. "In high school, I had a keg my senior year. But through the course of years and months, it just fell off. Now, I'm just maintaining and eating healthy, drinking water with every meal."
This week, Diarse will play against a program from his old stomping grounds, as UL-Monroe comes to town.
"There's some great talent over there. It's going to be a tougher test and that's what we need. That's what we need to show us where we really are,"Diarse added.
At least two very prominent LSU receivers have worn Diarse's No. 9 in recent years - Devery Henderson and Early Doucet. Before the Tigers beat Sam Houston State 56-0, Doucet had a personal message for Diarse.
"Normal warm-up pregame, you know I'm pumped. And, I was running by and he grabbed me and was like, 'Hey, represent that number well.' And I was like, 'Wait, you're Early.' He's like, 'Yeah.'"
"Actually, me and Devery had a conversation last week," Doucet said. "We just was like, 'We got to stay on him and put some type of incentive for him to make sure he wears the number well.'"
"It was definitely quick motivation. It was well needed and well appreciated. Continue to keep the legacy going. That's what I'm out here trying to do," Diarse explained.
Going into the week three matchup against the Warhawks, Diarse has four catches for 77 yards and one touchdown.