LSU Football: The biggest reason the Tigers’ WRs will have success in 2021

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A lot of programs claim it, but I think it’s 100 percent accurate to say these days that LSU football is the true “wide receiver U”.

With former players like Odell Beckham Jr, Jarvis Landry, and Justin Jefferson giving NFL teams fits, it’s fairly obvious that Baton Rouge is THE destination for elite high school wide receivers.

(Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall Jr will soon be added to that list.)

Becoming “wide receiver U”, however, isn’t a fluke. There’s more to it than just recruiting five-star wide receivers (we’ve seen plenty of those players not pan out at various programs).

One of the main reasons the Tigers have been able to develop wide receivers at a high level is because of the standard at LSU that players are expected to meet.

The standard for LSU football wide receivers is high

Having a high standard at a program is easy. Plenty of head coaches hold their players to a high standard.

When programs really become successful, though, is when teammates hold each other to those high standards.

And that’s exactly what the case is at LSU.

Sophomore wide receiver Kayshon Boutte, a former five-star recruit, recently spoke to 247Sports about LSU’s football program.

It’s clear from Boutte’s comments that accountability is a big deal in the Tigers’ wide receiver room.

“In the receiver room, we hold each other to a standard,” said Boutte. “Make sure each other good, everybody catch the ball, we hold each other accountable because in order to be on the field in a big time, you’ve got to be accountable. It’s just a lot going on in an environment.”

That sort of accountability is exactly what makes LSU elite when it comes to developing wide receivers.

When it’s the fourth quarter of a tight SEC game, it’s not the coaches on the sidelines that have to dig deep. It’s the players on the field. And when a player knows that his teammate beside him is depending on him and holding him accountable, it changes the way a game is played.

Keeping that level of accountability at a program isn’t easy. All it takes is one group of players to not buy-in and it all goes south.

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Fortunately for LSU, it sounds accountability — at least in the wide receiver room — won’t be a problem in 2021.