LSU football top tailback recruit Armoni Goodwin will miss UCLA game with injury
BATON ROUGE – LSU will be short one running back for its season opener at UCLA on Saturday (7:30 p.m., FOX).
Freshman Armoni Goodwin, the No. 7 tailback in the nation by 247Sports and No. 95 overall prospect from Hewitt-Trussville High in Trussville, Alabama, has been expected to be in mix for the Tigers this season.
"Armoni is hurt. He will not play," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said on his radio show Wednesday night.
Orgeron did not say who will start, but he said juniors Tyrion Davis-Price and John Emery Jr. will get the majority of the carries with freshman Corey Kiner also playing.
Davis-Price and Emery returned to practice this week in Houston after missing most of preseason camp with injuries. LSU also will be without freshman wide receiver Malik Nabers of Youngsville. But the majority of the team has been cleared to play.
"Overall, we're the healthiest we've been," Orgeron said.
Other players returning to practice this week who have missed most of camp were starting cornerbacks Derek Stingley Jr. and Eli Ricks, starting right guard Chasen Hines, backup cornerback Cordale Flott and freshman backup offensive tackle Garrett Dellinger.
Orgeron insisted his team will not be distracted by having to relocate to Houston on Saturday night because of the approach of Hurricane Ida, which hit south Louisiana on Monday.
"We're lucky we could come here, and we have a wonderful support system that we're talking to and taking care of our families," he said. "And I think that makes our team feel comfortable."
Orgeron announced that kicker Avery Atkins and linebacker Damone Clark will wear the No. 18 jersey this season, which has been given to LSU players since 2004 who have been able to overcome adversity or show excellent teamwork.