It goes without saying, but if you want to win some ball games, get the ball in the hands of your most talented players.
Kayshon Boutte would definitely classify as one of the most gifted players on the Tigers’ team, but he has only seven receptions for 62 yards and zero touchdowns through two games this season. Those aren’t good numbers for a guy who is possibly one of the best wide receivers in the country.
What is the reason for the lack of production? Well, there are a lot of factors that weigh into that. Jayden Daniels has to have time to throw the ball. That has been an issue, especially against Florida State. Sometimes the play isn’t designed to go his way, and sometimes he’s just not able to create separation from the defensive back.
So what is the solution? Get him involved in other areas of the offense. Coach Brian Kelly recently spoke about the impact getting Boutte the ball has on the LSU offense.
“It opens up the offense in other areas if they’re gonna play double zone and play soft to him,” Kelly said, per On3. “Let’s just get the ball in his hands. He’s tough to bring down as it is. I think that that was where we could have done a better job last week. Let’s get the ball to him, even if they’re short, quick routes, and he’s gonna make something happen.”
If LSU wants to be successful in SEC play, they will have to get Boutte more involved in the offense. LSU starts conference play this Saturday at home against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.