LSU Tigers football running back Ty Davis-Price opts out of Texas Bowl, will enter NFL Draft

Nick Gray
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

LSU football running back Tyrion Davis-Price is opting out of the Texas Bowl and will enter the 2022 NFL Draft, he announced Friday.

Davis-Price ranked sixth in the SEC in rushing (1,003 yards) in 2021. His carry total increased for the final seven games of the season after rushing for 147 yards and two touchdowns at Kentucky. In those final seven games, Davis-Price had four 100-yard rushing games.

"Growing up in Baton Rouge, my dream was to play for my hometown school, Louisiana State University," Davis-Price said in a lengthy statement on Twitter. "It has been an honor to suit up for the purple and gold these past three years; To be part of a national championship team has been nothing short of amazing. Most importantly, I'm thankful to God for my health, talents and ability to play the game I love."

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Nov 13, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers running back Tyrion Davis-Price (3) carries the ball against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Davis-Price rushed for 295 yards and six touchdowns in his freshman season, the aforementioned 2019 national title season. In 2020, Davis-Price increased his production to 446 yards and three touchdowns.

The rushing game struggled this season before Davis-Price became the primary back, and it'll be up to Corey Kiner and other underclassmen to fill in for the Tigers (6-6)  against Kansas State (7-5) on Tuesday (8 p.m. CT, ESPN)  at NRG Stadium in Houston.