LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte is unavailable for Monday’s Citrus Bowl against head coach Purdue Brian Kelly said Wednesday. 247Sports’ Sonny Shipp explained why for VIP subscribers on Geaux247’s Death Valley board.
Boutte’s 2022 season, his junior campaign, ends with 48 receptions for 538 yards (11.2 average) and two touchdowns in 11 games (10 starts). He broke out as a sophomore in the 2021 season, catching 38 passes for 509 yards (13.4 average) and nine touchdowns in just six games (all starts). A freshman with the Tigers in 2020, Boutte made 45 catches for 735 yards (16.3 average) and five touchdowns in 10 games (five starts).
“We’d love to get back on winning ways,” Kelly said in early December when LSU learned of their matchup against Purdue. “We lost two games last weekend, obviously against the country’s No. 1. But again, you know, when you play Purdue, a team that won their side of the Big Ten, you have a lot of respect for Jeff. His times play with an advantage. Played them when I was at Notre Dame. He’s got a great, creative offense.”
Boutte announced his return to LSU for the 2023 season instead of entering the NFL Draft. Boutte partially explained his return with the following social media post.
“LSU was just amazing to me,” Boutte wrote. “My growth among the new hires has helped me reach new levels. While we did not achieve the overall goal, we still struggled and achieved results that will be a stepping stone to future success. The goal is always to win a national championship at LSU and that will never change. We made progress this year but ended up falling behind. So I believe that we can achieve many things in the future. I believe in this team, coaches, strength, nutrition and training staff.”
With the return of Boutte, the Tigers will have two of the SEC’s best offensive players back for next year, as quarterback Jayden Daniels will also return for his final eligible season.
“I think there’s some young people that need some work that I think that’s going to be an effective first, you know, four, five exercises where – where we really lean on them and give them a lot of work.” can get.” Kelly said this month. “And look, they’re not blessed where we have so much depth. We are still in a position where we need to build this program through recruitment. That is still a major concern. But we have some young players that are a concern for us.” To see in those first three and four practices, you have to go out there and really give them a lot of work.
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Boutte, a five-star recruit in the Class of 2020, went to Westgate with his home school from New Iberia (La.). Gabe Brooks, who rates Louisiana prospects for 247Sports, predicted Boutte as a future first-round pick versus the Buffalo Bills’ Stefon Diggs.