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Leonard Fournette | Running Back

Team: LSU Tigers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/18/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 230

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LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette's 70 broken tackles as a runner versus Power-5 teams last year ranked No. 2 to Derrick Henry’s 71.
Henry compiled only one more despite getting one Power 5 contest. "[Fournette] was the best player in college football for much of the season, and only saw his Heisman candidacy fade after the Tigers struggled down the stretch," wrote Jeff Dooley. Pro Football Focus sees Fournette as the No. 3 returning player in college football. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder finished last year with 1,953 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. Feb 2 - 1:38 PM

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ESPN's Edward Aschoff predicts that LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette "will win the Heisman Trophy" in 2016.

"I envision a more balanced offense that will help Fournette be more productive against better defenses. I also predict that every single one of Fournette's runs will be violent and reek of bitterness from not making it to New York in 2015. Fournette will rush for more than 2,000 yards with 25 touchdowns," Aschoff wrote. The LSU prospect started off the 2015 season with a bang, but slowed down in the month of November. However, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore still finished the 2015 season with 1,953 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. Fournette, is easily one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy award in 2016.
Source: ESPN
Jan 13 - 2:53 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette "showed time and again that the first defender to meet him rarely makes the tackle," The Times-Picayune's Jim Kleinpeter observes.

"Fournette spent the season sidestepping, cutting, running over and running away from defenders. He's the classic power I back because when he's isolated on a defender one-on-one, he almost always wins. Defensive backs fear trying to tackle him," Kleinpeter wrote. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore finished the year with 1,953 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. Fournette should head into the 2016 season as a front-runner to win the Heisman.
Jan 6 - 4:04 PM

NFL Draft analyst Lance Zierlein notes that LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette "guaranteed himself to be the most talked about prospect headed into the 2016 season" after his performance in Tuesday's 56-27 win over Texas Tech.

The LSU prospect put on a show versus Texas Tech, rushing for 212 yards and four touchdowns, taking a screen pass for 44 yards to the house as well. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore finished the year with 1,953 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 03:33:00 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns while adding a 44-yard touchdown catch in Tuesday's 56-27 demolition of Texas Tech in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl.

Fournette might not have won the Heisman, but he reminded the universe why he might just be the best running back in the country with his deconstruction of Texas Tech on Tuesday. The dynamic 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore easily dismantled the Red Raiders' suspect rushing defense, averaging 7.3 YPC and scoring a touchdown in every quarter. He finishes the 2015 campaign with 1,953 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. Outside of a slight three-game dip coinciding with LSU's three-game losing streak in November, Fournette's been nothing but spectacular this season.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 01:03:00 AM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette said, "It doesn't matter that [Texas Tech has] the worst defense in the country."

Fournette will have the joy of facing off with a Red Raider defense that's allowing the third-most rushing yards in the nation on average at 272.67. Only Idaho and Eastern Michigan rank worse. Suffice it to say, neither of those teams is going bowling. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore finished the pre-bowl campaign having rushed for 1,741 yards and 18 touchdowns. Despite the seeming huge disadvantage statistically, Fournette's not taking them lightly. "They're men like us," he said. "They'll come to play."
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 03:54:00 PM

LSU HC Les Miles said that he "absolutely [didn't]" want sophomore RB Leonard Fournette chasing a cow in the team's pre-AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl rodeo showdown with Texas Tech.

Texas Tech and LSU squared off in seven events at the annual Rodeo Bowl, among them hay bale stacking and something called "stick-pony racing." LSU star sophomore Leonard Fournette wasn't corralling livestock, which led to a brilliant exchange between a reporter and HC Les Miles. The reporter asked Miles if he "want[ed] Leonard chasing a cow around," which led to Miles saying "No. No. Absolutely not," which was followed by the question "Did he want to," which was followed by the correct response: "Absolutely."
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 12:27:00 AM

LSU will play Texas Tech in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl on Dec. 29.

LSU spent some time as five-point favorites before public action steamed the number to seven. The biggest mismatch on the field will pit LSU's No. 10 rushing offense against Texas Tech's No. 125 rushing defense. Texas Tech gives up 271.8 rushing yards per game, which gives Leonard Fournette an outside chance of reaching the 259 rushing yards he needs to reach 2,000. It's fair to point out that Tech beat Arkansas, a comparable opponent to LSU, in non-conference play. Last we saw LSU, they were beating Texas A&M 19-7. Before that, a three-game losings streak that nearly cost HC Les Miles his job. Texas Tech is known for its high-flying aerial assault, but it actually had the No. 1 running attack in the country in S&P+'s eyes. The star of that show is RB DeAndre Washington, who led the Big 12 in rushing with 1,455 yards.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 10:01:00 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette was named consensus All-America after being named first team on three different All-America teams.

For the season, the standout sophomore rushed for 1,741 yards and 18 touchdowns,breaking the LSU record for rushing yards in a season. Fournette earned first team All-America honors from the AP, Walter Camp, and Football Writers.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 03:17:00 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette was named to the 2015 Associated Press All-America first team on Sunday.

The sophomore sensation had quite the year for LSU, rushing for 1,741 yards, averaging 158.3 yards per game, with 18 touchdowns in just 11 games, while finishing sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 03:20:00 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries in Saturday's 19-7 win over Texas A&M.

After being held to just 31 yards by Alabama on November 7, Fournette's slowly but surely worked back to his previous form. He posted rushing efforts of 91 and 108 yards against Arkansas and Ole Miss in the games that followed, then burst forth for 159 yards to help bury the Aggies on Saturday. For the season, the standout sophomore's rushed for 1,741 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 01:13:00 AM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 108 yards on 28 carries in Saturday's 38-17 loss to Ole Miss.

While Fournette barely scraped over 108 yards, he deserved a bigger day. On the Tigers' first offensive play of the game, the bruising 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore took the ball, turned the ball up field and made several nice moves on his way to a run of 50-plus yards. Said long run was immediately called back on a holding penalty. Fournette opened the season with seven consecutive games of at least 150 yards rushing, but he's slowed in his last three, having rushed for 31, 91 and 108 against Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss. Incidentally (or not), LSU lost all three of those games. For the season as a whole, Fournette's rushed for 1,593 yards while scoring 17 touchdowns.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 07:56:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter compares LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette to Arian Foster.

While most analysts tend towards hyperbole in their comparisons, Reuter plays it a bit more conservatively. So he compares the man most often compared to Adrian Peterson, Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker and Earl Campbell has a new doppelgänger, this one relatively underwhelming by comparison. "The sophomore's talent is special, as he combines power, speed, and elusiveness like Foster does when healthy," Reuter wrote.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 07:53:00 PM

LSU HC Les Miles said that sophomore RB Leonard Fournette "took contact and gave contact and made plays" in Saturday's 31-14 loss to Arkansas.

Miles was asked whether Fournette's general subdued attitude after the game was due to the sophomore's heavy workload from earlier in the season. The Mad Hatter dismissed this notion. Said Miles, " I think the weariness is the finish of the game." He went on to add that "when you give everything you have, there's a risk and that risk is emotional and painful and it's honest." Fournette was held to 91 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss to Arkansas, his second consecutive contest with fewer than 150 yards rushing. Despite having logged just 122 total yards on the ground in his last two games, Fournette still leads the nation with 1,474 rushing yards and is tied for second with 17 touchdowns. Alabama's Derrick Henry is two ahead of him in the touchdown race and nipping at his heels with a yardage mark of 1,458.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 08:00:00 PM

Todd Gurley says LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette should play next year and not consider sitting out.

"Come back and play, man," Gurley said. "We don't care about all that, just waiting to go play for the NFL. We're football players. We've been playing this game for our whole life for free or with money. We don't care about that. We play for the love of the game." Fournette isn't eligible for the NFL draft until 2017, following next season. Gurley, of course, suffered a knee injury in his third season of eligibility. "Like I approached the situation, you're not going to be the first person to tear your ACL or get injured, and you're not going to be the last," Gurley said recently. "We've got a lot of guys that can help him that have been through the same situation as him. He'll be fine."
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 02:33:00 PM