LSU Football: Tigers should rest freshman RB in season-opener

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LSU football has some impressive young talent at running back.

But they need to rest at least one of their young running backs in the season-opener against UCLA on Saturday.

The Tigers’ freshman duo of Corey Kiner and Armoni Goodwin has been impressive this fall, drawing praise from coaches and teammates on a regular basis.

Goodwin, however, is dealing with an undisclosed injury according to 247Sports that has his status for the season-opener as “questionable”.

While 247Sports reported that Goodwin’s injury isn’t considered “serious”, it’s still something that needs to be monitored.

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There’s really no good reason to put Goodwin out there on Saturday against UCLA and risk injury.

Especially with Kiner in the mix, and veterans Tyrion Davis-Price and John Emery Jr ready to go.

Davis-Price is the Tigers’ leading returning rusher from a year ago, while Emery is a former five-star recruit (he was the No. 8 running back in the nation in the 2019 recruiting class) with loads of potential.

With those three running backs seemingly a full go, it would be ill-advised to put Goodwin — a running back who has a lot of upside — in harm’s way with a full season left to play.

Davis-Price and Emery have dealt with nagging injuries while at LSU, so it’s likely that they’ll be limited at some point this season. And then the Tigers will need a healthy Goodwin to help carry some of the load.

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Hopefully, LSU does the smart thing and brings Goodwin back slowly. There’s absolutely no reason to risk it this early in the season.