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LSU Tigers wide receiver Kayshon Boutte to wear coveted No. 7

Sep 18, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers wide receiver Kayshon Boutte (1) makes a 2 yard touchdown reception against Central Michigan Chippewas defensive back Donte Kent (19) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte will wear No. 7 — the jersey reserved for players in the program who excel on the field and inspire teammates off it — in 2022.

The school announced Boutte’s selection on Thursday, saying “the No. 7 jersey has become associated with a player who is a dynamic playmaker while also displaying all of the qualities necessary to build championship teams around.”

Players who previously wore the jersey include defensive backs Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Derek Stingley Jr. and wide receiver DJ Chark.

“I am excited to get back on the field with my brothers and work all season,” Boutte said in a news release. “To do it in the No. 7, and follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest players in LSU history, is an honor.”

He previously wore No. 1.

A junior, Boutte played in 16 games over his first two seasons. He has caught 83 passes for 1,244 yards with 14 touchdowns with the Tigers. He has five 100-yard receiving games, including the 2020 season finale against Ole Miss, in which he caught 14 passes for a Southeastern Conference-record 308 yards with three touchdowns as a freshman.

–Field Level Media