The LSU football program has been a revolving door over the last few seasons. Players, coaches and assistants alike have all come and gone as the Tigers take on a full-scale rebuild. The last two seasons in Baton Rouge have been anything but pretty. Ed Orgeron is now out the door and the program seems to be in safe hands with Brian Kelly.
The Bayou Bengals will look to escalate their expected rebuild into more of a retooling as the season progresses. They’ve gotten off to a 3-1 start and they’ll improve to 4-1 with a win on the road this weekend. Even though Auburn is having a down year, nothing is guaranteed in the Tiger Bowl. Luckily for LSU, one of its former receivers gave the offense some bulletin board material when speaking about facing his old school at the weekend.
Former LSU football player calls out the Tigers’ wide receivers
Koy Moore made an appearance on The War Rapport’s pregame show to talk about the purple and gold Tigers in the build-up to Saturday’s game. Aside from T.J. Finley, Moore is the Auburn player with the most knowledge of the current LSU team. One of the questions that inevitably came up during the interview regarded Moore’s transfer from Baton Rouge to the Plains in the offseason. The wide receiver had this to say on the subject:
"“It wasn’t even about [LSU having too many receivers] in my opinion. I ain’t trying to be cocky or nothing, I was the best receiver in that room.”"
The hosts were understandably stunned at such a claim. No disrespect to Moore, but the Tigers have some top NFL Draft prospects playing college football with them right now. However, the Kenner native doubled down on his claim and even went as far as to state that he believes he’s better than a Biletnikoff Award preseason favorite in Kayshon Boutte.
Moore’s claims are bold, to say the least. He failed to produce eye-popping stats during his time with the Bayou Bengals. Moore tallied 248 yards on 27 catches in the 11 games he played in the purple and gold. He’s not been very impressive at Auburn either as he’s caught just six passes for 100 yards. Moore has yet to haul in a touchdown in his 15 collegiate games.
Moore’s unwarranted confidence and subsequent comments have only added another layer to the rivalry game this weekend. There are a plethora of storylines heading into the game with Bryan Harsin’s job situation, Brian Kelly’s first SEC West road test and the obvious tension that comes with any two age-old rivals coming together.
The LSU receivers are coming off their best collective game of the season against New Mexico. Mike Denbrock opened up the playbook in the win over the Lobos to get the team’s playmakers more involved. Now, players like Boutte, Jack Bech and Malik Nabers will be even more motivated to have breakout games.
Saturday’s match-up won’t make or break how many people feel about Moore’s comments and on Moore as a player. That being said, if he has another bad game and/or Auburn is defeated at Jordan-Hard Stadium, don’t expect anyone to feel bad for the former LSU receiver.