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Football: TCU RB Emani Bailey declares for the 2024 NFL Draft

The former Louisiana-Lafayette transfer rushed for over 1,200 yards during the 2023 season.

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TCU running back Emani Bailey seized control of the backfield this season, rushing for 1,209 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Arguably TCU’s best player on offense from start to finish during the 2023 season, Bailey will now prepare to take his skills to the next level, declaring his intentions for the 2024 NFL Draft on Tuesday morning. Bailey spent two seasons with the Horned Frogs, rushing for 250 yards and two scores on only 31 carries as TCU’s No. 3 running back during the 2022 season, where Bailey worked behind Kendre Miller (New Orleans Saints) and Emari Demercado (Arizona Cardinals).

Bailey shined once he earned the chance to be TCU’s bell-cow rusher, totaling over 100 yards on six different occasions during the 2023 season. The fourth-year running back added 25 catches for 184 yards and one touchdown this season, helping the Horned Frogs to five wins. Bailey arrived in Fort Worth after beginning his collegiate career at Louisiana-Lafayette, where he rushed for 642 yards and eight touchdowns during the 2021 season.

Bailey, whose younger brother Jordyn is a freshman wide receiver on the TCU roster, concludes his collegiate career with 2,161 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns with a long of 74 yards and an average of 5.9 yards per carry. Bailey also compiled 47 catches for 380 yards and one touchdown over the course of his four-year collegiate career. With Bailey declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft, TCU will look to veteran running back Trey Sanders and four-star freshman Cameron Cook to shoulder the backfield load next season.