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Leonard Fournette | Running Back

Team: LSU Tigers
Age / DOB:  (19) / 1/18/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 230

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Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl believe LSU freshman RB Leonard Fournette "has the best set of raw tools in this year's draft-ineligible running back crop."
"Fournette was ESPN's No. 1 prospect last year, and it's not hard to see why on tape," they wrote. "Fournette has quick feet and agility, runs with tremendous power and flashes an extra gear to run away from defenders. However, the true freshman still has plenty of room to improve in terms of vision and patience, in order to maximize his skill set for the future." The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Fournette was named to the SEC All-Freshman team after rushing for 891 yards and eight touchdowns on 176 carries. Dec 20 - 6:42 PM

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LSU freshman RB Leonard Fournette named to SEC All-Freshman team.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Fournette was the Tigers' leading rusher with 176 carries for 891 yards and eight touchdowns this season. The LSU prospect also returned 22 kickoffs for 504 yards. Fournette is a huge talent and the youngster has a bright future ahead of him.
Source: Nola.com
Dec 11 - 4:01 PM

LSU freshman RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in the school's 23-17 win over Texas A&M.

Fournette's 22 yard touchdown run was a lot of fun, as he ran over an A&M defender with straight line power and walked into the endzone. After a slower start, Fournette is showing nice straight-line ability to create yards and make the most of the ones blocked for him. Let's not force drastic expectations, however.
Nov 28 - 10:00 AM

LSU true freshman RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 9 yards on five carries in Saturday's 17-0 loss to Arkansas.

So far as we know, Fournette's not suffering from an injury. The freshman has had your typical youngster ups-and-downs this season, with this counting as a definitive down. Fournette had rushed for 182 yards in his previous two contests, but did nothing and had almost no chance to do anything as LSU slowly had its will drained. The entire team would be best to forget November 15, 2014. Fournette's still supremely talented and the youngster has a bright future ahead of him.
Nov 16 - 11:12 PM

LSU true freshman RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 79 yards on 21 carries in Saturday's 20-13 loss to Alabama.

Fournette was able to continuously pound out hard yards against an Alabama defense that had allowed just 78 YPG on the ground coming into Saturday. This season, Fournette's rushed for 736 yards and seven touchdowns. For a freshman with as much hype as Fournette, it's a good sign that he's continuing to grind out games without getting frustrated.
Nov 9 - 7:58 PM

LSU freshman RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 113 yards on 23 carries in the school's 10-7 win over Ole Miss.

Fournette added another 41 yards in the air, the majority of which occurred on one play. Fournette's most memorable snap saw him barrel through multiple defenders and losing his facemask thanks to the strong grip of one Ole Miss defender.
Oct 26 - 9:59 AM

LSU true freshman RB Leonard Fournette had a career-high 140 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 27 carries in Saturday's 30-27 victory over Florida.

He added 85 yards across four kickoff returns. Les Miles has gradually ramped up Fournette's usage rate, to the point that he's now the focal point of the offense. Over the team's first four games, the stud freshman finished with a disappointing 18, 92, 52 and 38 yards respectively. He's now topped 120 rushing yards in two of his last three games. Expect more of the same going forward.
Oct 13 - 5:43 PM

LSU true freshman RB Leonard Fournette had 122 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 carries in Saturday's 63-7 victory over New Mexico State.

He also had a 33-yard reception. It's hard to put too much stock into a strong performance against NMSU, but we're encouraged nonetheless. The nation's No. 1 recruit had never exceeded 100 yards nor reached paydirt multiple times in a collegiate game before this weekend. The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Fournette will be leaned upon in SEC play.
Sep 28 - 10:49 PM

One college football assistant that faces LSU this season told Sports Illustrated freshman RB Leonard Fournette is "no Heisman."

"You want to build your reputation up as a player," the assistant said. "If you’re going to get crowned, let someone else do it." Fournette received ridiculous buzz heading into his true freshman season, and some of it seemingly went to his head during a touchdown celebration when he struck the infamous Heisman pose. Fournette rushed for 92 yards on 13 carries in the game.
Sep 9 - 9:49 AM

LSU true freshman RB Leonard Fournette had 92 rushing yards on 13 carries in Saturday's 56-0 victory over Sam Houston State.

Tigers' HC Les Miles used this opportunity against a lackluster opponent to give Fournette some work. The nation's No. 1 recruit will have to continue sharing carries with Darrel Williams (14 in this game) and Kenny Hilliard (11). The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Fournette was held to 18 yards on eight carries in last week's game against Wisconsin.
Sep 8 - 12:52 AM

LSU true freshman RB Leonard Fournette was held to 18 yards on eight carries in Saturday's 28-24 victory over Wisconsin.

The Badgers neutralized LSU's running back trio of Kenny Hilliard, Terrance Magee and Fournette (the Tigers rushed 47 times for 130 yards, a 2.8 average), but still couldn't pull out the win in the end. The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Fournette was the No. 1 recruit in the country and one of the most hyped players in the country coming into the season. Expectations should now be reined in -- the Tigers will give him time to acclimate to the college game before converting him into a featured back role.
Sep 1 - 9:39 PM

LSU insists that true freshman RB Leonard Fournette is not a lock to start for the Tigers this season.

"I don’t know that right now," LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson said. "We’ll see. We’ll see." Seniors Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee are attempting to fend off the No. 1 running back recruit in the nation. "This is how [LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron] calls it," Wilson said. "He says, ‘We have our first starter, our second starter, our third starter, and our fourth starter. Just rotate them in.’" The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Fournette is ranked by ESPN.com as the country's No. 2 breakout candidate. "He’s a freshman tailback for us who we see as a freshman tailback for us," Wilson said. "He can’t control the media hype. He’s extremely humble and works extremely hard."
Aug 10 - 10:52 PM

LSU true freshman RB Leonard Fournette was ranked by ESPN.com as the country's No. 2 breakout candidate.

The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Fournette, the No. 1 recruit in the country, walks onto campus as one of the highest profile players on the team. "We don't say, 'You're just a freshman,'" Tigers' coach Les Miles said. "Our culture is that you should start. We don't care what class you are. Then we say just starting isn't good enough. We want growth through teaching." With Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue off to the NFL, Fournette only has to fend off Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee for carries. "We recruit really good players," Miles said. "If we can get them on the same page and operating well, I don't ever see why we can't play well in a season that leads to a championship."
Aug 9 - 3:53 PM

Leonard Fournette, the No. 1 recruit in the country, committed to LSU earlier this month.

The 6-foot-1, 226-pounder also considered Alabama and Texas. He officially committed on January 2. "I chose LSU because I felt home there," Fournette said at the time. "I have a great relationship with both coaches, Coach Miles and Coach Frank. ... I was kind of going back and forth, so at the end of the day I prayed on it and I woke up and I felt that LSU was going to be the place for me." Les Miles absolutely needed Fournette's signature, and he got his man. LSU didn't sign a running back in 2013 and recently lost both Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue early to the NFL. The only thing standing in the way of Fournette starting as a true freshman is Kenny Hilliard.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 14 - 11:47 AM