LSU’s Jones, Emery Jr. Suspended For Academic Issues; Emery Jr. Reportedly Will Appeal
The LSU Tigers have been hit with a pair of suspensions, offensively & defensively, as the opening weekend to the 2022 college football season draws closer. LSU cornerback Raydarious Jones and running back John Emery Jr. have reportedly been issued suspensions for the 2022 season both due to academic issues. The defensive suspension being the more significant of the pair, as Brody Miller reports on Twitter it’s to last the entire 2022 college season.
Jones is in his Junior year and appeared in nine games last season after officially joining LSU in 2019. Jones has yet to see much action on the field throughout his collegiate career, playing in 16 total games with his most productive year coming in 2021-22. Last year, Jones amassed nine total tackles, five solo tackles, 0.5 TFLs, and only one pass defended. All were career-highs.
Running back John Emery Jr. has reportedly elected to appeal the two-game suspension issued to him for the 2022 season. According to Brody Miller, the suspension is related to the 2021 suspension, where he did not play for the entire season. Emery stands to miss the season opener against FSU on September 4th, and a home again against Southern on September 10th, if his appeal is denied.
Emery attempted to the appeal the 2021 suspension as well. Emery argued that the reason his grades were slipping was due to the COVID-19 pandemic that took the world of sports by storm in 2020. Along with dealing with the death of his grandmother, Emery’s stepfather was said to have been dealing with COVID for majority of the year. Emery also argued that he had to battle having COVID himself on two different occasions.
Emery is a former five-star prospect that’s struggled to produce his first three years with LSU. Despite that, new LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly spoke highly of Emery. Kelly stated that he was going to be apart of what the team does this season, and is in good standing with football.
“He’s certainly going to be part of what we do this year. There’s obviously some things I can’t talk about, he is in good standing with football. Everything that he’s done, he’s done a good job with us in football. Anything else that arises is something I can’t comment on because of privacy rights.”
The Athletic has more HERE.