LSU Football: Why Tyrion Davis-Price isn’t expected to play in the Texas Bowl

Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /

When LSU football takes the field on January 4 against Kansas State in the Texas Bowl, they’ll likely be without their leading rusher.

247Sports reported this week that running back Tyrion Davis-Price is expected to enter the 2022 NFL Draft and forego his final two seasons of eligibility (that counts his extra “COVID year” that players were granted in 2020).

Davis-Price rushed for 1,003 yards and six touchdowns this season.

If Davis-Price doesn’t play in the Texas Bowl, he’ll join defensive players Neil Farrell and Damone Clark as other Tigers who are opting out of the bowl game to focus on the 2022 NFL Draft.

(Davis-Price and Clark were high school teammates at Southern Lab in Baton Rouge.)

The reason Tyrion Davis-Price is leaving LSU football for the NFL

Despite Davis-Price’s solid 2021 season (he averaged 4.8 yards per carry while serving as a workhorse for the Tigers), I thought he might return for his senior season.

247Sports’ LSU reported Shea Dixon mentioned this week that the big reason why Davis-Price appears to be heading to the NFL is likely because of the lack of running back depth in this year’s draft class.

“This is a really shallow running back class and that won’t be the case a year from now,” wrote Dixon.

It sounds like Davis-Price is just making a wise business decision. Rushing for over 1,000 yards in the SEC will put Davis-Price on the radar of most NFL teams. There’s no guarantee that Davis-Price would put up that kind of production in 2022 — especially with a new coaching staff in town.

It makes sense for Davis-Price to capitalize now.

Next. Ed Orgeron's most memorable quote from 2021. dark

Nothing is official yet with Davis-Price, but it sounds like it will be soon.