One-time top prospect injured in first game with Florida Atlantic

Florida Atlantic running back BJ Emmons, a former top prospect who began his career at Alabama, broke his ankle Saturday's loss to Ohio State, head coach Lane Kiffin said.

Emmons suffered the injury when he was tackled in the first quarter. Emmons, who signed with FAU in February 2018 after spending a year in the junior college ranks, was carted to the locker room.

Emmons picked up one yard on his lone carry. He lost two yards on his only catch.

"For a kid that’s spent, whatever, two (or) three years from playing Division I football ... very tough break for him," said Kiffin, who was Emmons’ offensive coordinator at Alabama in 2016.

Emmons sat out last season to fulfill academic requirements. Saturday was his first game with the Owls.

Emmons returned to the sidelines in a walking boot, according to former ESPN reporter Jeannine Edwards.

Poor BJ Emmons being consoled, crying in pain, as the training staff looks at his right ankle. Huge blow for FAU

— Jeannine Edwards (@jeanninee12) August 31, 2019

Emmons was the fifth-ranked running back in the ESPN Class of 2016. He suffered a similar foot injury as a true freshman with the Crimson Tide that year.

Emmons’ injury likely means increased playing time for true freshman Larry McCammon III. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound back had 22 yards on a team-high 11 carries Saturday.

McCammon scored FAU's first touchdown, a 6-yard rush, early in the fourth quarter.

"We’re in the Horseshoe playing a true freshman that was just in high school in Alabama a few months ago," Kiffin said.

Kiffin said he thought McCammon "did some good things." FAU totaled only 22 rushing yards on 33 carries.

"He’s gonna be a really good player," Kiffin said.

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