LSU Football: Breakout season could be on the way for Tigers RB in 2021

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LSU football‘s running backs didn’t put up gaudy numbers during the pandemic shortened 2020 season.

Tyrion Davis-Price led the team in rushing with 446 yards and three touchdowns.

John Emery was second on the team in rushing, totaling 378 yards and three touchdowns.

The Tigers will be hoping to get more production from their running backs in 2021. The passing game will likely be the focus for new offensive coordinator Jake Peetz and passing game coordinator DJ Mangas. The ground game, however, will need to be strong to ensure success through the air.

Fortunately for LSU, it appears that Davis-Price could be primed for a breakout season.

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Davis-Price, a Baton Rouge native who was rated as the No. 8 running back in the country during the 2019 recruiting cycle (247Sports composite), has the size and skills to be one of the best running backs in the SEC.

At 6-foot-1/226 lbs, Davis-Price has pro-ready size and he’s a capable receiver out of the backfield. Those are the ideal traits that LSU is looking for in a running back.

So why do we think Davis-Price is in store for a breakout season?

It’s because of the way he’s reportedly approaching his junior season.

Shea Dixon, who covers the Tigers for 247Sports, reported this week that Davis-Price is in great shape and has looked really good over the last month.

“I’m told that his overall past month has been really impressive” reported Dixon. “He’s slimmed down and showed an extra gear in the spring game.”

Dixon also noted that the source told him Davis-Price arrived back to campus and for the summer and “locked in right now”.

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Plenty of attention is going to be on LSU’s quarterback situation and the wide receivers. I get it. But the running back situation — specifically Davis-Price — could end up being one of the bright spots for this team in 2021.