BATON ROUGE, La. – Head Coach Ed Orgeron said last week it was time for running backs John Emery, Jr., and Ty Davis-Price to step up for the Tigers’ ground game. Last season, the juniors combined for 824 rushing yards, but the dynamic-duo have made explosive plays just four days into fall camp.
“They looking good very early on. We have a lot of big plays in practice, and we all fuel emotionally. Score run, big plays, and we run in the endzone and meet ’em. It’s just a part of practice. You need the energy,” sophomore wide receiver Kayshon Boutte said.
“Ty’s that big thumper. He’s gonna just go straightforward, but then John’s that elusive guy. He’s gonna make all them jump cuts, all them little shift plays. It’s just great to have two players with different type of games,” senior tackle Austin Deculus said.
The running backs will have to balance LSU’s offense, after its pass-heavy performance in 2020. The Tigers finished last season with 3.122 passing yards compared to 1,422 rushing yards. If you’re bad at math, it means the Bayou Bengals had 1,700 more yards threw the air.
The story in camp so far has been explosive plays in both the pass and run games.
“You’re seeing the double-edged sword from the run game to the pass game. You’re not really seeing one specific area take off more than the other. You’re seeing big play with passes and big plays in runs so just being able to have all those playmakers make plays in space is really what’s similar,” Deculus said.
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