Auburn football: Kayshon Boutte would be ideal transfer portal target

Kayshon Boutte scores a touchdown as The LSU Tigers take on Auburn football in Tiger Stadium. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.
Kayshon Boutte scores a touchdown as The LSU Tigers take on Auburn football in Tiger Stadium. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. /

Auburn football has many flaws needing to be addressed in the transfer portal if the 2021 season’s second-half descent has shown us anything.

In a year in which several SEC powerhouses fell from grace due to coaches that simply seemed less interested and having their players match that energy, the Tigers could have been a significant riser in the NCAA’s premier conference.

Instead, they run the risk of finishing second-to-last in the SEC West ahead of the Iron Bowl with Arkansas able to surpass them this weekend with a win over Missouri. Of course, the Tigers could keep the Hogs at bay with an Iron Bowl upset, but that’s a tough result to forecast at this point.

Bryan Harsin and co. showed flashes of being a potential player in the SEC in 2021, but there simply wasn’t enough big-play talent on the offense to keep up with the cream of the crop of the conference.

Or Mississippi State and South Carolina, apparently.

Moving forward, undoubtedly the biggest hole is in the WR room, where Kobe Hudson, Shedrick Jackson, and Ja’Varrius Johnson did their best but were simply outmatched by Texas A&M’s and Georgia’s secondary.

Auburn football needs a star WR and LSU may be losing one to the transfer portal.

In the 21st century, sometimes a simple Twitter emoji can ignite a social media firestorm about future movement, and luckily LSU star receiver Kayshon Boutte may have indicated that AU could have a shot at adding one through the transfer portal.

Boutte simply posted an emoji akin to Auguste Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’, perhaps contemplating his next move after Ed Orgeron, the man that recruited him to the Bayou, was let effective on Sunday after the Tigers’ finale against Texas A&M.

Boutte amassed 508 yards and nine touchdowns in just six games before his season ended due to a lower leg injury, including 127 receiving yards and a touchdown during a Week 5 loss against AU.

If Auburn could upset Alabama on Saturday, they could have legitimate hopes of impressing the star WR enough to commit to the Plains in what should be a more successful season in 2022.