This season, junior wide receiver Kayshon Boutte will wear the No. 7 jersey, a number handed to LSU’s best playmaker, the team announced Thursday on social media.
Boutte was one of the most productive players in college football last season before he suffered a season-ending ankle injury. In six games, Boutte caught 38 passes for 509 yards and nine touchdowns.
“To be chosen to wear this legendary number is an honor,” Boutte wrote on Instagram. “I’m excited to be back on the field with my brothers and go to work this season. To do it in No. 7 is a true blessing, following in the footsteps of some of the greatest players in LSU history.”
The No. 7 jersey has been passed down over the years. Generally awarded to defensive backs, it has been worn by Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Grant Delpit. Running back Leonard Fournette also wore the uniform.
Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase received the No. 7 before he opted out of the 2020 season, which let safety Jacoby Stevens use the number instead. Last year, Derek Stingley Jr. missed most of the season with an injury after getting the No. 7 jersey.
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