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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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ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette is very doubtful to play against Missouri on Saturday.
Fournette is dealing with an ankle injury, something in aggravated in a recent game after initially hurting it just before the season. Saturday's game is Ed Orgeron's first as LSU interim head coach, and he will be without his top player. Derrius Guice, the school's backup, is still one of the nation's best ball carriers. Fournette should take all the time he needs to heal. Oct 1 - 10:52 AM

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LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) did not practice this week.

Fournette is being labeled as "questionable to doubtful" by interim HC Ed Orgeron. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder has been nursing an ankle injury since mid-August. In three games this season, he has rushed for 386 yards and two touchdowns. If Fournette can't roll, elite backup back Derrius Guice will handle the bulk of the carries against Missouri on Saturday.
Sep 30 - 2:38 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette is considered a game-time decision for Saturday's game against Missouri due to an ankle injury.

The injury has nagged him since the summer and seems to be a small storyline each week. Fournette carried the ball just 16 times last week against Auburn in a loss. Fournette did miss a "casual" practice on Monday, so his participation in team activities is obviously important.
Sep 28 - 11:18 AM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette missed Monday's practice while nursing an ankle injury.

Fournette's ankle has been a nagging injury since the offseason, and he appeared to aggravate the ailment in the school's loss to Auburn. Monday's practice was Ed Orgeron's first as interim head coach, and it was only in helmets and shorts. As of now, there is no need to worry about a long term injury for Fournette, but ankle and foot injuries tend to nag running backs for weeks.
Sep 27 - 9:05 AM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 101 yards on 16 carries in Saturday's 18-13 loss to Auburn.

Fournette has been slowed by a nagging ankle injury all season and it showed at times on Saturday. Despite his injury concerns, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound NFLer to-be has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of his three games played (he sat out a contest against Jacksonville State due to the ankle tweak). A sign of just how depressing LSU's offense has been this season -- Fournette has failed to score a touchdown twice, now. For reference's sake, he had just one such game (out of 12) last season.
Sep 24 - 9:53 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries in Saturday's 23-20 win over Mississippi State.

Nagging leg injuries kept Fournette from playing against Jacksonville State last weekend, but he returned with a vengeance in bulldozing through Mississippi State. The star junior scored on runs of five and 25 yards in the first and second quarters, respectively. Despite the fact that he plays in an LSU offense that offers little passing punch, the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder has rushed for 284 yards on 51 carries in two games, working to a 5.5 YPC average.
Sep 17 - 10:47 PM

LSU HC Les Miles said that junior RB Leonard Fournette (ankle, knee) will "be back and ready to go" for Saturday's game against Mississippi State.

Fournette was a late scratch for this weekend's win over Jacksonville State. He was hampered by an ankle injury during August camp and suffered an additional knee contusion in the Tigers' season-opening loss to Wisconsin. The ankle appears to be causing him more problems than the knee. Derrius Guice came on to rush for 155 yards in his place on Saturday.
Source: SEC Country
Sep 12 - 2:37 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette (knee) is being held out of Saturday's game against Jacksonville State.

Fournette suffered a knee contusion during last weekend's season-opening loss to Wisconsin. LSU is understandably playing it safe with their 6-foot-1, 230-pound star in what should be a relatively easy contest against Jacksonville State. Derrius Guice will start in his place.'s Bryan Lazare is additionally reporting that Fournette might be a question mark for next weekend's contest with Mississippi State.
Sep 10 - 7:19 PM

LSU HC Les Miles said that he was uncertain as to whether junior RB Leonard Fournette (knee) will be able to play against Jacksonville State on Saturday.

"I think Leonard Fournette is a go or, if not a go, we won’t know until game day," said Miles. Not exactly the most clarifying statement in the world, Coach. Fournette suffered a contusion on his knee late in Saturday's season-opening loss to Wisconsin. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound fantasy stalwart rushed for 138 yards in that one. Should he be unable to suit up against Jacksonville State, Derrius Guice would start in his place. Guice is a future NFL-er in his own right and owners should feel no compunction tossing him into their lineups if Fournette is held out on Saturday.
Sep 9 - 2:35 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette (contusion) was held out of practice on Monday.

Fournette entered Saturday's game against Wisconsin nursing a minor ankle injury, but that was not what prevented him from practicing on Monday. Near the end of the game, the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder was upended after a 15-yard gain and suffered a bit of a contusion on his knee. HC Les Miles indicated that his star running back is "not terribly swollen," but did incur some bruising. Miles believes he will be ready to roll against Jacksonville State this weekend. In Saturday's loss to the Badgers, he rushed for 138 yards on 23 carries while chipping in with three catches for 38 yards.
Sep 6 - 2:35 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette ran 23 times for 138 yards in Saturday's 16-14 loss to Wisconsin at Lambeau Field.

The first non-conference loss of HC Les Miles' tenure may go down as the beginning of the end unless he finds a quarterback quick. Rumors of a Brandon Harris breakout were either premature or an exercise in good ol' fashioned magical thinking. Despite Fournette's 176 yards from scrimmage, LSU's offense was shut down time and time again as it bogged down when asking Harris to usher the ball to one of his two NFL receivers. As for Fournette, he appears to have shaken the minor ankle sprain he suffered in mid-August.
Sep 3 - 7:08 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) said that he has regained full health after suffering a minor ankle sprain in mid-August.

"I'm good. It was nothing too serious. It happens in football," Fournette said. HC Les Miles indicated that his 6-foot-1, 230-pound bellcow back has "practiced extremely well" after being shut down for a short time earlier this month in order to allow him to rest his balky ankle. Miles doesn't want to wear out Fournette during the season and said, "We're not going to keep him on the field when he's tired, no matter what." Fournette received 300 carries a season ago. He will begin his 2016 Heisman campaign with a Lambeau Field showdown against Wisconsin on Saturday.
Aug 30 - 12:17 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) practiced on a limited basis on Thursday.

ESPN's David Ching called Fournette's participation "extremely limited" as he continues to work his way back from a tweaked ankle suffered earlier in August. His limited work at this stage of the process isn't surprising. LSU kicks off against Wisconsin in eight days and the program has no incentive to risk re-injuring their 6-foot-1, 230-pound workhorse with the season rapidly approaching.
Aug 26 - 1:40 PM

During a radio interview, LSU head coach Les Miles said "I'm not ready to say we're giving Leonard (Fournette) the ball less" this season.

The question was in regards to Fournette's carry total versus talented backup Derrius Guice, who only received 51 carries versus Fournette's 300. Guice would start for almost every other school in the nation, but Miles wants to ride Fournette. While 300 carries is a large number, the figure could have been much larger, as Fournette sat on the bench in some second halves due to LSU leading by a wide margin on the scoreboard. By comparison, Derrick Henry carried the ball 395 times for Alabama last season.
Aug 25 - 9:49 AM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette has shed his walking boot and is expected to practice on Thursday.

Fournette sustained the ankle injury in mid-August and has been held out since. "He was running today and yesterday. And next time we take the field, my guess is, he’ll be practicing," Les Miles said. Fournette should be on track to play in the season opener against Wisconsin on September 3, but even if he does not take on a full workload Derrius Guice might be the best backup in the nation.
Aug 24 - 10:18 AM