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Good News is That John Emery Jr. (RB) is Back

Emery began his career in 2019 as a highly touted five-star. He was stuck behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire in 2019, but he looked good when he got his chance.

In 2020, Emery had good games, including a 124 total yard performance against Vanderbilt, but never quite broke out. He is now a senior but has another year of eligibility left after this one due to the NCAA granting athletes the fifth year of eligibility amid the pandemic.

After all this time, Emery will get another chance. The homegrown five-star will play his first game in December 2020. What should we expect?

Earlier this week, Kelly tempered expectations, acknowledging that it might take some time for Emery to warm up considering the extended absence.

It would not be surprising to see Armoni Goodwin get the most carries this week, but Emery should be right there.

If Emery comes out hot, he’ll get the ball more and more. LSU’s offense needs to find another dimension, whether working the middle of the field through the air or establishing a ground game. Emery could undoubtedly help with the ladder.

That ability is still there, and while LSU could have used Emery in 2021, there shouldn’t be much worn on his tires. He should be fresh and ready to run.

He’s the complete back on LSU’s roster. He can run inside and out. He’s got the physicality and the speed. He’s shown he can factor in as a receiver, too.

Emery has something to prove. That can bode well for a player of his talent level. Tiger fans should expect him to be locked in and all off-season; this staff has seemed ready to make Emery a central part of this offense.

He might not set the world on fire this week, but that’s okay. Given some time, Emery should become the player he was expected to be when he arrived in 2019.

Saturday has been a long time coming for Emery. Now, he just has to play football.