LSU Football: Insane Kayshon Boutte stat from 2020 season

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LSU Football wide receiver Kayshon Boutte had one of the best seasons by a true freshman in recent memory in 2020.

And that’s despite not being a focal point of the Tigers’ offense until the final few weeks of the season.

Boutte caught 45 passes for 735 yards and five touchdowns in his first season in Baton Rouge.

According to 247Sports, Boutte is the only true freshman since 2000 to have 525 receiving yards over a three-game span (former Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree achieved the same feat as a redshirt freshman).

But that’s not the most impressive stat from Boutte’s true freshman season.

Insane state about LSU football WR Kayshon Boutte from 2020

247Sports pointed out a stat on Tuesday about Boutte that’s almost hard to believe.

According to PFF College (via 247Sports), Boutte forced the 16th most tackles last season (among all FBS players).

That number is insane for a couple of reasons. For one, Boutte only started five games for the Tigers last season. And, as we’ve mentioned several times before, he was only the focal point of the offense for three games.

There’s also the fact that Boutte was a true freshman wide receiver playing in a bizarre COVID year where everything was turned upside down. Players weren’t nearly as prepared for the 2020 season as a normal season.

Boutte was that good and that elusive without having the benefit of a “normal” offseason.

Imagine how good he’s going to be in 2021 now that he’s had a mostly normal offseason. And he’s had time to build chemistry with starting quarterback Max Johnson.

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Boutte’s going to be tough to handle in 2021. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him have a Ja’Marr Chase-like sophomore season.