Kayshon Boutte is one of the best returning WRs

There are plenty of top wide receivers returning to college football for the 2022 season. This group could be a very strong wide receiver corp lined up strong in 2023.

LSU is led by junior wide receiver Kayshon Boutte, who returns for what could be his final season in purple and gold. The former Westgate star appeared on the scene in his first year. After the departures of tight end Arik Gilbert and wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr, it was time for No. 1 to step up to the plate. He did not disappoint in the last three games of 2020.

On the way to 2021 it was time again for Boutte to show what he is made of. He was the top touchdown producer in college football until his foot injury that required season-ending surgery. With a new staff and the return of quarterback Myles Brennan, we finally hope to see a full year of Kayshon Boutte.

In two seasons, Boutte has brought in 83 passes for 1,243 yards and 14 touchdowns. Most of that damage came in the last nine games he played in. The last three games of 2020 and last season. In that stretch, he netted 65 receptions for 1,035 yards and 13 touchdowns. That’s largely why Pro Football Focus has him as the No. 3 returning wide receiver behind Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Pitt’s Jordan Addison.

What PFF says…

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Boutte played in just six games in his true second season of 2021 before suffering a seasonal injury. If he is fully healthy next fall, former five-star recruit Jaxon Smith-Njigba will give a run for his money for the Biletnikoff Award in 2022. His acceleration and toughness helped him achieve a 77.1 during his time in Baton. Rouge. He is not afraid to play across the middle of the field and shows continuous growth with his releases and route running.

Boutte is burdened with a significant amount of press attention when he’s outside, and he usually comes out on top in such reps. His 2.49 yards per route run and 134.3 passer rating when directed against the press since 2020 ranks sixth and second, respectively, among the Power Five wide receivers in that period.

Boutte will lead the group of wide receivers including Jack Bech, Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas Jr. They will also be deploying UL-Lafayette’s newcomer wide receiver, Kyren Lacy. Lacy led the Ragin Cajuns in hosting for the past year.

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