John Emery

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2023 Fantasy Outlook
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Tears ACL, done for season
RBLSU
Knee
November 13, 2023
LSU head coach Brian Kelly said Monday that Emery suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in Saturday's 52-35 win over Florida and will miss the rest of the season, Scott Rabalais of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.
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Emery is in the midst of his fifth and final year of eligibility, so unless he applies for a medical hardship exemption and is granted a sixth year of eligibility in 2024 by the NCAA, his collegiate career will officially come to an end. One of the top running back recruits from the 2019 cycle, Emery struggled to stay healthy and meet expectations during his time in Baton Rouge. He concludes his career with 1,062 yards and 14 touchdowns on 213 carries (5.0 YPC) to go with 36 catches for 320 yards and two more scores over 37 appearances.
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Emery was deemed academically ineligible for the 2021 campaign, and ultimately never saw the field. Tyrion Davis-Price instead rushed for over 1,000 yards, but then decided to jump to the NFL. That leaves Emery as the likely starter when LSU begins the 2022 campaign. That being said, he will have some competition. Penn State transfer Noah Cain has entered the fold, while sophomores Corey Kiner and Armoni Goodwin also received opportunities as a freshman while Emery was shelved. Emery’s talent is difficult to ignore, but it has not yet translated to on-field success, and it is far from a foregone conclusion that he will end up as the lead back for the entire season.
Emery came to LSU amid much fanfare last year, but the backfield was crowded behind starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who shined as the Tigers roared to the National Title. Emery had just 39 carries for 188 yards as a freshman, though he did score four times on the ground. Edwards-Helaire has moved on to greener pastures, and Lanard Fournette left school, but Chris Curry and Tyrion Davis-Price still remain as competition for Emery. Curry had 38 carries last year, while Davis-Price had 64 and six touchdowns. Perhaps which back emerges as the best pass catcher out of the backfield will go a long way towards determining who sees the majority of the touches, as the aforementioned Edwards-Helaire registered 55 receptions in 2019.
There’s some risk in putting this much stock in a player who hasn’t played a down in college, but when it’s a player of Emery’s talent heading into a situation like LSU’s, it’s worth it. Emery is regarded as the second-best back in the 2019 class with a blend of power and explosiveness. The situation couldn’t be better, either; 2018 leading rusher Nick Brossette is gone and Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a middling talent who averaged just 4.5 YPC. Emery is the most talented back on the roster and has a legitimate shot at setting the LSU freshman rushing record.
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Suffers knee injury
RBLSU
Knee
November 12, 2023
Emery suffered a knee injury during LSU's game Saturday against Florida, Koki Riley of USA Today reports.
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Scores touchdown in blowout win
RBLSU
October 19, 2023
Emery totaled six carries for 42 yards and one touchdown and gathered in their only target for 49 yards during Saturday's 48-18 win over Auburn.
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Records three carries
RBLSU
September 16, 2023
Emery (undisclosed) logged three carries for seven yards during LSU's 41-14 win Saturday at Mississippi State.
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Expected back Saturday
RBLSU
Undisclosed
September 11, 2023
Emery (undisclosed) is expected to make his return during Saturday's game against Mississippi State, Glen West of 247Sports reports.
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Out until Week 3
RBLSU
Undisclosed
August 31, 2023
Emery will miss the first two games of LSU's season, Wilson Alexander of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
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