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Leonard Fournette | Running Back

Team: LSU Tigers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 1/18/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 230

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LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette will be authorized to auction his jersey from Saturday's game for South Carolina flood victims.
In a touching moment, Fournette, who rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in Saturday's 45-24 win over South Carolina, announced his intention to auction the jersey for charity while reading a prepared statement in a postgame interview. His family lived on a bridge for several days when Hurricane Katrina overtook New Orleans in 2005. "I want to send my prayers, condolences and empathy to the people of South Carolina," Fournette said. "What they are going through reminds me of what we went through, my people in New Orleans, Louisiana, went through 10 years ago with Hurricane Katrina. ... I would like to auction off my game jersey as is to the highest bidder to help out the relief efforts. People of Louisiana not only care, but know firsthand what you in South Carolina are going through." The NCAA later confirmed that he could. The Heisman favorite is a class act. Oct 11 - 11:09 AM
Source: ESPN

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LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in the school's 45-24 win over South Carolina.

When this performance is your "worst" in the last four games, you are having an outstanding season. Fournette could have put up better numbers but sat much of the second half after rumbling for an 87 yard score to open the third period. Fournette sitting allowed the country to see how talented freshman Derrius Guice is. Fournette is still the Heisman favorite and faces Florida's defense next.
Oct 10 - 7:06 PM

LSU HC Les Miles says sophomore RB Leonard Fournette is "just getting started."

"I think he's just getting started. He has speed, but I think you'll find that he'll continue to develop," Miles said Wednesday. That, friends, is a scary idea. Fournette is currently riding an SEC-record three-game streak of 200-plus yard rushing games. Despite having played in only four games, Fournette leads the country with 864 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. Fournette has been compared to Bo Jackson, Adrian Peterson, Frank Gore and Herschel Walker.
Oct 7 - 8:10 PM

ESPN's KC Joyner predicts LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette will go over 200 rushing yards for a fourth straight game Saturday against South Carolina.

The feat should be a little easier with the game having been moved to the comfy confines of Baton Rouge due to flooding. Joyner's argument is that South Carolina's defense ranks in the middle of the pack in rush defense despite playing two terrible rushing teams the past two weeks. "Fournette, who leads the nation in rushes of 20 or more yards and 40 or more yards should get his share of those breakaways in this contest on his way to another 200-yard day," Joyner wrote.
Oct 7 - 5:27 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette is averaging 4.9 yards after contact this season, according to Steve Palazzolo.

This leads the FBS. Fournette has forced 28 missed tackles, which is second in the FBS, despite playing one game less than many of his peers. Fournette is having a special season and it should continue against South Carolina.
Source: ESPN
Oct 6 - 11:05 AM

With 218 rushing yards against South Carolina on Saturday, LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette will set the FBS record for the most rushing yards recorded through five games.

Fournette's rushed for 864 yards through four games. With 136 against South Carolina, he'll become the 10th player in FBS history to hit 1,000 through five games. And with 218 rushing yards, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore will topple NIU's Garrett Wolfe, who set the FBS five-game pace with 1,081 in 2006. Fournette's rushed for at least 218 yards in each of his last three games.
Oct 5 - 9:47 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette overtook Indiana's Jordan Howard and San Jose State's Tyler Ervin on Saturday to take the lead in FBS rushing yards with 864.

Fournette hung 233 yards on Eastern Michigan yesterday, becoming the first SEC runner to rush for 200-plus yards in three consecutive games. He now leads the country in rushing yardage despite having played in only four games and receiving merely 99 carries, giving him an 8.7 yards per carry average (fourth in the nation). Fournette leads the country in rushing scores (11) and yards per game (216).
Oct 4 - 2:59 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette carried the ball 26 times for 233 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 44-22 win over Eastern Michigan.

Two of Fournette's three touchdowns were of the shorter variety, but his most impressive came on a 75-yard run shortly after halftime. On that play, he took the ball toward the left sideline before busting forward and hitting an extra gear to glide in for the long score. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore set an SEC record with his third consecutive 200-yard rushing effort. Through four games this season, he's racked up 864 yards on the ground while scoring 11 touchdowns. He'll hit the dusty trail to face South Carolina next Saturday.
Oct 4 - 12:31 AM

NFL media analyst Mike Mayock said the NFL's reaction to LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette sitting out next season would not be favorable.

As we've mentioned over the past week, the Fournette-should-sit-out-next-season story is a none-story because Fournette himself said he won't do it. Still, the debate about whether or not he should is interesting enough that pundits will continue to weigh in. "I think a lot of the league would be turned off by (Fournette sitting out). I think there would be a lot of coaches, especially, that would say, 'What kind of competitor is this kid? What kind of leader is this kid, what kind of teammate am I drafting?'" Mayock said. "However I think there would be another core group of individuals and teams that say, 'Wait a minute, not only can we draft a kid that might be a once-in-a-lifetime type talent, but there's less tread on the tires. He didn't take the beating of 12, 13, 14 games in the SEC. I think it would be a mixed opinion. I think the more vocal opinion would be negative."
Oct 2 - 7:40 PM

LSU coach Les Miles said he "can't possibly imagine" sophomore RB Leonard Fournette sitting out next season.

"I can't imagine that Leonard would be sitting anywhere inactive for a fall. I just can't possibly imagine it," Miles said on his weekly call-in show. This story figures to illogically drag on, just as it did with Jadeveon Clowney a few years ago. Fournette has already stated he won't sit out, but that's not going to stop people from suggesting he should. "What you have to realize is that people that say things -- if you're gainfully employed and you're sitting in front of a microphone, you have to say something that stirs the pot," Miles said. "OK? So, to me, there's a lot of people out there stirring the pot. Just, let's make controversy. Why not?"
Oct 1 - 8:53 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette has accounted for 51.9 percent of LSU's total offensive output.

This is known as market share, and Jon Moore (along with many at Rotoviz) turned us on to it. Fournette's total leads the FBS, unsurprisingly. Moore points out that Fournette is far ahead of the last two Heisman winning running backs in this category, Reggie Bush ’05 (32.7%) and Mark Ingram ’09 (35.3%). The crazy part is LSU has given other running backs 37 carries compared to Fournette's 73.
Source: The CFX
Oct 1 - 10:33 AM

Herschel Walker told TMZ that LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette is better than he was.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore has been compared to Walker. "He's better than I was," Herschel Walker, who won the Heisman in 1982, said. "He's like a fullback because he can take punishment and keep on going." Fournette has 631 yards and eight touchdowns across three games. The star runner announced recently that he will not sit out next season, a decision Walker supports. "It's a bad idea to talk about leaving early, just wait and your time will come," Walker said.
Source: TMZ
Sep 30 - 8:59 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette emphatically denied that he'd consider sitting out next season.

"I will never jump ship... I'm drowning with my brothers," he tweeted. The true sophomore isn't eligible to apply for early draft entry until 2017. NFL Network's Marshall Faulk believes Fournette should do as South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney (also advised to sit) did and play out his collegiate eligibility. "I'm telling you, sitting out, it takes a while to get you back into the speed of things," Faulk told The Dan Le Batard Show. "Adrian Peterson, he sat out last year, he's going to have good game-bad game, good game-bad game. ... I hope that LSU is smart about how they use him. He pretty much has no quarterback. ... I see that they're kind of shrinking his carries, but he's a workhorse, bell-cow kind of guy. He will be the first running back or the first player taken when he does come out, though."
Sep 30 - 5:27 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah compares LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette to Frank Gore.

At this point, everyone has compared Fournette to someone. The most common comps are Bo Jackson, Adrian Peterson and Herschel Walker. This is the first time we've seen Gore. "He reminds me of a young Frank Gore with more size/top speed," Jeremiah tweeted. "Sturdy runners." Gore has posted eight 1,000-yard seasons in the NFL, so it's not bad company to be in. Fournette has posted 631 yards on 73 carries with eight touchdowns across three games. He'd be a starting NFL running back right now.
Sep 29 - 9:10 PM

NFL Network analyst and former NFL OLB LaVar Arrington compared LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette to Bo Jackson on the Dan Patrick Show.

He also called the Tigers' star the best player in college football. "He kind of looks like a Bo Jackson, his running style and his build," Arrington said. "I had the opportunity to work with him and get to know him at the Under Armour All-American Game, and his style and ability to cut, his strength, his speed, he's like everybody you'd want. You just put them together. But the first name that jumps into my mind is, he looks like Bo Jackson a little bit." The 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore is averaging more than 200 yards per contest on 8.6 yards per carry. He's currently Bovada's favorite to win the Heisman.
Sep 29 - 6:12 PM