TCU running back Emani Bailey announced his declaration for the 2024 NFL Draft in a social media post last month. As the former Louisiana-Lafayette transfer prepares to hear his name called in the upcoming draft, he’ll look to elevate his stock after accepting an invitation to the 2024 Hula Bowl, which will be held on Saturday. Jan. 13 in Orlando, Florida. Bailey was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in his first season as a starting running back for TCU, rushing for 1,209 yards and eight touchdowns with a 5.4 yards-per-carry average in 2023.
Bailey spent two seasons at TCU after beginning his career with Louisiana-Lafayette. The redshirt junior, who’s opting to forgo his remaining eligibility, concluded his collegiate career with 2,161 yards and 18 touchdowns with a 5.9 yards-per-carry average. Bailey also added 380 receiving yards and one touchdown over the course of his four-year career. Bailey’s younger brother, Jordyn, is currently a freshman wide receiver on the TCU roster.
Bailey is seeking to be the second TCU running back drafted over the last two years and the third TCU running back to sign with an NFL team. Bailey served behind running backs Kendre Miller and Emari Demercado in 2022, who are both on NFL rosters now. Miller was drafted by the New Orleans Saints, while Demercado signed with the Arizona Cardinals.