ESPN's Mark Schlabach reports LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is 'probably doubtful' for Peach Bowl
LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger listed running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire as questionable for Saturday’s Peach Bowl. Others are less optimistic.
During an appearance on “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Thursday, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach said he believes Edwards-Helaire is less than questionable for the College Football Playoff semifinal matchup. And he thinks the Tigers may play without their starting running back against Oklahoma.
“I’d say he’s probably doubtful,” Schlabach said on the show. “A couple LSU people told me he wasn’t there this morning because he was getting treatment on that injured hamstring. I asked [head coach] Ed [Orgeron] what his status was for Saturday, he said he had not practiced all week, he had done some straight-ahead running [Wednesday] but hadn’t done any cutting or practicing. They’re hoping to get him more involved [Thursday]. But I get the feeling that if LSU can get by Oklahoma without him and they can get him healthy for the College Football Playoff championship game, that that would probably be their preference.”
Edwards-Helaire has been a major part of LSU’s offense, helping the Tigers go 13-0 and win the SEC championship. He has rushed for 1,290 yards and 16 touchdowns while also recording 50 receptions for 399 yards and a touchdown.
If Edwards-Helaire can’t play, LSU will have to rely on a trio of inexperienced running backs — true freshmen Tyrion Davis-Price and John Emery and redshirt freshman Chris Curry. Of course, the Tigers will still have Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow leading their offense, so they may do just fine despite not having Edwards-Helaire.
LSU and Oklahoma are set to kick off on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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