LSU Football: Tigers have a starting running back….kinda

LSU football kinda has a staring running back according to head coach Ed Orgeron.

Someone has to start at running back for LSU football and it appears it will be redshirt sophomore running back Chris Curry.

The Florida native is a former four-star recruit.

Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron told reporters on Monday during a virtual media session that Curry has a “good chance” of being the first running back in the game against Mississippi State and being the lead back for the Tigers (via Brooks Kubena).

But it’s not like Curry has a stronghold on the job.

LSU football has plenty of options at running back

Curry saw limited action as a redshirt freshman in 2019, rushing 38 times for 189 yards.

The former Lehigh Senior standout was able to shine in the spotlight once last season, though.

Curry started at running back for the Tigers (in place of an injured Clyde Edwards-Helaire) in LSU’s College Football Playoff semifinal matchup against Oklahoma. He rushed for 89 yards that game, by far the best game of his young career.

In addition to Curry, LSU also has sophomore John Emery on the roster (a player I think will prove to be a star this season).

Another option is Tyrion Davis-Price, who is probably the best option in short yardage situations.

Even if Curry is the “starter”, it seems likely that LSU will mostly go with a running back by committee approach.

And I think that’s the right thing to do. At least until one of these running backs steps up and proves they can be the go-to guy for the Tigers’ offense.

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I think it will end up being Emery, but Curry and Davis-Price are certainly talented enough to handle the rushing load for LSU in 2020.