LSU football coach Ed Orgeron announces John Emery Jr. is out for the season

Adam Hunsucker
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

LSU running back John Emery Jr. will miss the rest of the season, coach Ed Orgeron announced Monday.

Emery's status is tied to academics. Orgeron didn’t elaborate further on the former Destrehan star. 

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“Right now he’s unavailable,” Orgeron said. “Things could change. If they do change, we’ll play him but right now he’s unavailable. Could the change? Yeah, but that’s out of my control.”

Oregeron wouldn’t comment on speculation that Emery is ineligible because he registered for the wrong class over the summer. He did praise the communication between LSU’s football program and the schools’ compliance and academic staffs.

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“We meet with academics every week, so that’s all I’m going to say about that,” Orgeron said. “I think they do a great job.”

Emery, who has not played this season, is LSU’s second most-experienced running back behind Tyrion Davis-Price. He ran for 396 yards and three touchdowns in nine games last season.

True freshmen running backs Armoni Goodwin and Corey Kiner made their debuts against McNeese State on Saturday. Kiner led the Tigers with 11 carries for 56 yards and one touchdown in a 34-7 win.

Orgeron hopes to get Goodwin and Kiner more involved in the offense against Central Michigan on Saturday. Goodwin is listed as questionable.

“I do believe that they need to touch the ball more and that’s the same thing I saw in camp,” Orgeron said. “Those guys are dynamite, man. I think that both of them are going to be great backs.”

Tre Bradford reenrolled at LSU last week, but the sophomore running back’s status is unclear. Bradford transferred to Oklahoma in the offseason.

“As I know, he’ll be eligible for the game,” Orgeron said. “We have to see how the week goes and hopefully we can play him this week.”