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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 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. Nov 29 - 1:13 AM

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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.
Nov 21 - 7:56 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.
Nov 17 - 7:53 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.
Nov 16 - 8:00 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."
Nov 15 - 2:33 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Saturday's 31-14 loss to Arkansas.

It appears Leonard Fournette might possibly be a mortal man. After rushing for at least 150 yards in each of his first seven games, Fournette's now been held under 100 yards in two consecutive contests. Alabama locked him down for 31 yards last weekend. While Arkansas wasn't quite that dominant on Saturday, they still did a nice job limiting the 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore. Fournette averaged 4.8 YPC with a long run of just 13 yards against the Razorbacks. His Heisman hopes might have taken a hit of late, but he's still rushed for 1,474 yards while scoring 17 touchdowns. He's found the end zone in every game during the 2015 campaign, though he's also failed to score multiple touchdowns in a contest since October 17. DFS players shouldn't be scared off by two sub-par outings.
Nov 14 - 10:50 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette is expected to play in Saturday's showdown with Arkansas despite an ongoing investigation.

LSU is conducting an investigation into Fournette's family in relation to a website started to sell merchandise featuring his motto "BUGA Nation." A source familiar with the investigation told the Associated Press that to this point, university compliance officials have not found evidence of a violation. Hence why the star sophomore is expected to play. HC Les Miles indicated that while he doesn't know much about the investigation, what he's aware of is "positive."
Nov 13 - 6:46 PM

The NCAA requested LSU's investigation into sophomore RB Leonard Fournette's family.

Uh oh. The NCAA is concerned that the family broke its sanctified rules by being involved in a website that sold merchandise using Fournette's catchphrase. Fournette's mother, Lory, counters that the website was shut down within a day of opening. The crux of the matter appears to be that three companies provided discounts of at least $20,000 to build the website for "BUGA Nation", Fournette's motto. As ever, the NCAA's antenna shoots up when someone is making money off college sports that isn't the NCAA. To their credit, the conglomeration graciously allowed Fournette to give proceeds from a jersey sale to South Carolina flood victims. Small miracles.
Source: USA Today
Nov 12 - 4:46 PM

Ninety-seven percent of LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette's yards against Alabama came after contact.

Fournette fought for every single one of the 31 yards he accrued on Saturday. He gained exactly one yard all night before contact. Don't read much into Fournette's long night. PFF graded LSU’s run blocking at -15 and Alabama’s run defense at +17.6. Elite NFL running backs like Adrian Peterson or Todd Gurley wouldn't have done much better.
Nov 11 - 9:01 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette admitted that the Crimson Tide Defense had him frustrated during Saturday's 30-16 loss to Alabama.

"Yeah I was but at the end of the day, we're a team, Fournette told "I can't do everything by myself. But forgive and forget. The O-line had a bad game, I had a bad day. As a unit we had a bad day. It just wasn't our game, our day. You can't really put a lot of effort towards everything, a lot of blame one everybody else. Not even the coaches. We took it upon ourselves to get better." The Heisman hopeful, who rushed for a season-low 31 yards on 19 carries, saw eight in the box the whole day, as the Crimson Tide focused on shutting down LSU's star back.
Nov 10 - 3:17 PM

LSU is investigating if sophomore RB Leonard Fournette's family broke NCAA rules by being involved in a website that listed merchandise using Fournette's catchphrase, according to Josh Peter of USA Today.

The family's manager paid $10,000 for said web site (apparently discounted by over $20,000) that was subsequently shut down 24 hours later. The family, according to Peter, insisted Fournette's name or image not be used on the apparel. As of now, it seems this is at the LSU level and not the NCAA level. We don't expect any conclusion or result to come for some time.
Source: USA Today
Nov 10 - 1:19 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette's game-worn jersey from their contest against South Carolina was auctioned off for $101,000 on Monday.

The $101,000 for Fournette's jersey is the most that's ever been paid for a college football jersey in an Internet auction. Far more important than that record, of course, is the fact that the proceeds will go to help victims of the devastating flooding that racked South Carolina in early October.
Nov 9 - 4:31 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 31 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Saturday's 30-16 loss to Alabama.

Fournette's previous low for yardage in a game during the 2015 campaign was 150. It's considerably lower now. Alabama was consistently able to overwhelm the line of scrimmage on Saturday in holding the standout sophomore to a measly 1.6 YPC. Only a late touchdown saved his otherwise uneventful evening. Those working in daily leagues shouldn't worry about slotting him into lineups moving forward. It's very likely this will be Fournette's worst game of the season.
Nov 8 - 9:45 AM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette’s game-worn jersey from the South Carolina game will be auctioned off begining at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday.

Fournette vowed after the game that he would auction the jersey off for the South Carolina flood relief effort. "Having been through a similar situation with my family during Hurricane Katrina when I was 10 years old, this is something that I wanted to do to help those in need," Fournette said of the jersey auction in a statement. "The generosity of people helped my family make it through Hurricane Katrina. I’m hopeful that the money raised with this auction can make a difference for those flood victims in South Carolina." Fournette's jersey is actually part of a package including a Steve Spurrier-signed South Carolina helmet worn in the game and a Les Miles-signed LSU helmet worn in the same tilt. Bidding begins at $7,000 and hopefully will go for much more. "What Leonard has done is a tremendous gesture from a student-athlete with a much bigger vision than outcomes of games," LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said.
Nov 4 - 5:15 PM

LSU HC Les Miles said that he'd "like to take all that [Heisman talk]" off sophomore RB Leonard Fournette's mind.

"Yeah," said Miles when asked about the Heisman, "I would take all that off [Fournette's] plate and just talk about victory and do the things that he needs to do to help his team win, and really just run the plays that we call, and he'll have every opportunity to achieve at the very highest level." Fournette's notched at least 150 yards rushing in each of LSU's seven games this season, but last year, Alabama limited the 6-foot-1, 230-pound then-freshman to 79 yards on 21 carries. That success came against a running back who was still figuring out the ropes. While Nick Saban and company figure to have a tougher task holding him in check this time around, the Crimson Tide are allowing just 78.5 yards rushing during the 2015 campaign.
Nov 2 - 7:26 PM