The running back room is full of talent, making it a deeply difficult position to get much of a grasp on for a number of reasons.
What’s going on with John Emery? How much have Corey Kiner and Armoni Goodwin improved? How does this room change when transfer Noah Cain arrives? These are all questions running backs coach Frank Wilson and the Tigers’ staff will be taking detailed notes to try and answer.
Emery is perhaps the most interesting piece to this puzzle. After really shining for much of the offseason last year, there was real buzz he’d establish himself as a bell cow for the Tigers’ backfield. But as LSU fans know he never saw the field because of academic issues.
It’s widespread fact of how tight a ship Brian Kelly is running from an accountability standpoint but all indications from Kelly are that Emery is doing everything he’s supposed to in order to see the field.
“If they’re out on the practice field, they’ve passed a robust test of consistency with academics and day to day accountability,” Kelly said of Emery. “He is making the positive progress, he’s above the line. The standards that we set for him, he’s meeting them.”
Emery did fumble the ball in one of the live ball periods, which Wilson got on him for but all signs out of camp is that he’s entered this year with a renewed sense of focus. If Emery can stay eligible and healthy, continuing on this positive track, he should absolutely see a lion’s share of the work this spring and try to establish a significant role.