LSU’s Kayshon Boutte was on this list last year, but his 2021 season didn’t pan out as expected because he suffered an ankle injury against Kentucky in early October.
Before the injury, Boutte was on pace to have an even bigger season than he did as a true freshman when he averaged 16.3 yards per catch.
In 2021, Boutte had 38 catches for 509 yards, averaging 13.4 yards and scoring nine touchdowns. Even though he played just six games, he still led the Tigers in receiving yards and touchdowns.
And Boutte averaged 21.2 yards on 10 catches and scored three touchdowns in the two games before his injury.
According to Pro Football Focus, he’s averaged 2.5 yards per route run with a 134.3 passer rating when targeted against press coverage. Since 2020, those figures rank sixth and second among Power Five wideouts.
LSU will have a few options at quarterback next season, including veteran Myles Brennan and youngsters Garrett Nussmeier and Walker Howard. As long as Boutte doesn’t have any lingering issues from his injury, he should again be LSU’s No. 1 receiver.