It was a breakout year for former Lufkin Panther Keke Coutee, who wrapped up a stellar sophomore season with his best performance.
Playing at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium on the day after Thanksgiving, Coutee stole the show by hauling in eight catches for 221 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Red Raiders’ 54-35 win over the Baylor Bears in the season finale.
That capped off a season in which he was at his best down the stretch, becoming a go-to receiver in the Red Raiders’ high-powered passing attack.
Coutee finished the season with 55 receptions for 890 yards and seven touchdowns. That came after a slow start to the season.
In the first four games of the year, Coutee had a total of three catches for 29 yards and a touchdown. Over the final eight games, he averaged more than 100 yards per game, making 52 catches for 861 yards and six touchdowns in that span.
Prior to the season finale, Coutee turned heads with his performance in a 66-59 shootout loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 22, 2016. In that game, he hauled in 10 catches for 172 yards.
He also surpassed the 100-yard marker with five catches for 130 yards and a touchdown against Kansas State and eight receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown against Iowa State.
For the season, Coutee was second on the team in receiving yards.
Coutee’s numbers came after a freshman season in which he played in all 13 games while making 11 catches for 105 yards.
The Red Raiders finished the 2016 season with a 5-7 record.