Kadron Boone was frustrated.
The four-star wide receiver from Ocala, Fla., had seen limited playing time in his first two years at LSU, catching just 11 balls for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
Following the 2012 BCS Championship Game, rumors began to swirl Boone was interested in transferring.
“My freshman year, I wasn’t too mad,” Boone said. “I was a true freshman playing in the SEC. Not too many kids can say that. So I wasn’t fully ok with [the lack of playing time], but it didn’t really bother me. Sophomore year, that’s when it started to get to me.”
Boone took some time to reflect and speak with those close to him about the best direction in which to take his career before making his final decision to remain in Baton Rouge.
“It was a tough time. I wasn’t happy,” Boone said. “But I prayed about it and talked about it with the coaches and I’m happy with my decision and happy to be a Tiger this year.”
The Tigers’ offense — especially a receiving corps that has been inconsistent — is grateful Boone decided to stay
Through four games in 2012, Boone has already tied his season high receptions — with seven — and has amassed 144 yards and three touchdowns, surpassing his previous career totals.
“I think our receivers are improving,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “I think it’s a work in progress like the rest of our team. I think they were key in some instances. In other instances, can play better.”
One instance the receivers were key against Auburn came on a 29-yard reception by Boone which put the Tigers on the Auburn 22-yard line. LSU would go on to kick the go-ahead and eventual game-winning field goal on that drive.
“We had a double move called. I came out of my break and I saw the safety so I was trying to figure out in my mind how Zach was going to throw the ball and instinct told me to turn around quick and the ball was right there,” Boone said. “It was a little bit behind me but I just stuck my arms out and tried to tip it up to myself or grab it and it stuck to my hands, so I turned tried to get the first down … It felt good. It was a big play. I was just blessed that I could come through and make that big play.”
Though Boone has come up big for the Tigers, his role in the offense is still not set in stone.
“[Wide receivers coach Adam Henry is] not going to tell you that you’re going to be in just on this. He wants you to know everything. So you may be playing the X all week, he may put you at the Y or Z just to see if you know it.”
Boone’s fit in LSU’s scheme may still be undetermined, but there is no question where his loyalty lies.
“I feel real good [about the decision to stay.] I don’t regret it,” Boone said. “The only thing I can do is go out there and make plays and let the rest take care of itself.”