LSU Football: Could seldom used WR be in for a breakout season?

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Could a seldom-used LSU football wide receiver be primed for a breakout season in 2021?

Based on recent comments from Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron, that could be the case.

On Thursday evening, during an interview with WWL (via, Coach O was asked who was emerging at wide receiver outside of sophomore Kayshon Boutte (who is an absolute stud by the way).

Orgeron’s response was a bit surprising.

Coach O named junior Devonta Lee as the “older guy” having the best camp.

From Tiger Details:

"“I like all those guys. Who’s having the best camp out of the older guys is Devonta Lee. He’s really come along. He’s a strong WR and doing well.”"

Is Devonta Lee primed for a breakout season for LSU football?

LSU’s wide receiver room is incredibly deep, which is why it was surprising that Orgeron named Lee as the veteran having the best camp.

Lee, a former four-star recruit from Fluker, LA who signed with the Tigers during the 2019 recruiting cycle, has two receptions for 27 yards in his LSU career. And those receptions came during his true freshman season in 2019.

There’s a reason that Lee didn’t have any receptions in 2020 — he was moved to the defensive side of the ball before last season.

Lee was listed back with the wide receivers this spring when the Tigers unveiled their roster.

The Louisiana native has good size at 6-foot-2/224 lbs. And Lee’s high school coach, Zephaniah Powell, called him a “freak athlete” during the recruiting process. Lee definitely profiles as a player who can make plays in the SEC.

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LSU has a lot of players that could step up and make a big impact at wide receiver in 2021. But seeing Lee, a kid from a small town who has been used sparingly during his first two seasons in Baton Rouge, break out would be especially satisfying.