According to a report from On3’s Matt Zenitz, LSU star wide receiver Kayshon Boutte is out for the season due to a lower-leg injury sustained in Saturday’s 42-21 loss at Kentucky.
This is a crushing blow for the Tigers, who fell to 3-3 straight up and 2-4 against the spread with the setback in Lexington.
As a true freshman in 2020, Boutte had 45 receptions for 735 yards and five TDs. In LSU’s first six games this year, the second-year freshman wideout had 38 catches for 509 yards and nine TDs.
Boutte’s nine TD grabs are tied for the nation’s lead. He has four more TD receptions than any other SEC WR. Boutte is tied for second in the SEC in catches and is fourth in the SEC in receiving yards.
LSU has now lost three of its best players to season-ending injuries. You can make a strong argument that Boutte and Derek Stingley Jr. are the Tigers’ two top players. DE Andre Anthony, who was LSU’s sack leader when he went down, is the third Tigers’ player who is done for the year.
Furthermore, RB John Emery is out for the year due to academic issues. QB Myles Brennan and starting DT Neil Farrell remain out, too. Brennan hopes to return later this month, while Farrell is expected back at some point in November.
LSU takes on Florida at noon Eastern on Saturday. As of early Monday afternoon, the Gators were listed as 10-point road favorites. They’ve lost back-to-back games against the Tigers, who are 3-3 ATS in six games as home underdogs during Ed Orgeron’s tenure.