How can LSU football get Kayshon Boutte involved? Answering 5 questions after Auburn win

AUBURN, Ala. - Despite an ugly performance, LSU football escaped Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 21-17 victory over Auburn for its first road victory of the Brian Kelly era.

LSU (4-1, 2-0 SEC) ran the ball well and the defense forced three turnovers and scored a touchdown to keep Auburn (3-2, 1-1) at bay.

But there are still a lot of questions in need of answers after this win. Here are five of them.

What's wrong with Kayshon Boutte and how can LSU get him more involved?

There are three factors that need to be looked at here: Boutte himself, Jayden Daniels getting him the ball and LSU offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock's playcalling.

For one, Boutte needs to catch the ball more consistently when it's thrown to him. He has four drops in four games after another ball slipped through his hands on Saturday.

Secondly, Daniels needs to be more intentional in getting him the ball and trust that Boutte can make plays in traffic. Boutte was only targeted twice against Auburn, which is never going to cut it. The star wideout must be among Daniels' top two options on every passing down in which Boutte is in the game.

And finally, but most importantly, Denbrock and Kelly have to find a way to scheme open Boutte. More jet sweeps, like we saw last night, or pre-snap motion would help. Toggling him around the formation more — 30 of the 31 passing snaps he played against Auburn were in the slot, according to Pro Football Focus — is a must.

Maybe trying him out in the backfield, in the same way the San Francisco 49ers align Deebo Samuel as a running back, could throw off defenses.

Regardless of what it is, there needs to be more thought and effort put into how LSU is using Boutte. Because the Tigers' star wideout should never be as invisible as he was Saturday.

How much of Daniels' disconnect with his receivers on Saturday was his fault?

A lot of it was on him.

Daniels consistently made inaccurate or ill-paced throws that made life harder for his receivers, even if he showed some signs of his continued improvement reading the field.

He finished the game only completing 8-of-20 throws for 80 yards and didn't connect on a pass in the second half.

Give us another offensive line update. How did they fare this week?

Not great. The unit allowed 13 pressures and four sacks against Auburn. Half of those pressures and sacks came from freshman right tackle Emery Jones.

But the run blocking improved, as LSU enjoyed its most consistent in the traditional running game this season with 126 yards on the ground from its running backs.

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Who surrendered the big plays on defense?

The list is pretty long.

Greg Brooks, a hero later in the game, was pegged for allowing the 61-yard catch and run in the first quarter. The 53-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive had Sage Ryan as the closest defender. By the final whistle, LSU had seven different defenders surrender receptions of at least 20 yards.

The unit made big plays in the end, but overall the performance wasn't pretty.

Is LSU good?

Honestly, not sure. The answer should become more clear next week against Tennessee.

Koki Riley covers LSU sports for The Daily Advertiser and the USA TODAY Sports South Region. Email him at kriley@theadvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter at @KokiRiley.

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