The running back room took a hit with Armoni Goodwin’s hamstring injury. Goodwin had been LSU’s most consistent runner to start the year.
The way the group played against Auburn should ease some concerns. John Emery Jr., Josh Williams and Noah Cain averaged four or more yards per carrying in Jordan-Hare.
With Goodwin out, the expectation was that Emery would receive the bulk of the carries. That was not the case, as Williams led the way with 17. Emery was given the ball eight times against Auburn but had LSU’s biggest run of the night, scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the second half.
Emery’s 39-yard reception was LSU’s most extended play of the night and set LSU up at the goal line to make it 17-14. The guy with the most to gain with Goodwin out could be Cain.
Cain led the way for LSU against New Mexico and looked good against Auburn. He’s averaged 7.2 yards per attempt over the last two games.
Williams’ 68 yards against Auburn were a career-high. He doesn’t have the game-breaking ability that Emery or Goodwin possesses, but he’s a guy this staff trusts.
If Goodwin was healthy, this grade would be a tad higher, but we’ll need to see more consistency from this group.