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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 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

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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

While LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) sat out Saturday's scrimmage, he could return to practice this week.

Fournette sat out Saturday's scrimmage as he continues to nurse the ankle injury suffered in mid-August. Said HC Les Miles, "I think he plays this week but that's going to be up to the trainers, not necessarily the coach." The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Fournette has already made it clear that he plans on suiting up for the opener against Wisconsin. The star back's practice absences should be viewed as merely precautionary unless Miles and company indicate otherwise.
Aug 20 - 9:04 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) indicated that he will be able to play in the season-opener against Wisconsin.

Fournette has not practiced since suffering an ankle injury last weekend. He sported a walking boot following the ankle tweak, but HC Les Miles does not believe this to be an injury that has the potential to limit the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder into the regular season. It is not yet known when Fournette will return to practice, but that should come soon enough as August begins to wind down.
Aug 19 - 2:08 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette suffered a sprained ankle during Saturday's scrimmage.

Fournette's foot and ankle were subsequently encased in a walking boot. Before Tiger fans begin to reach for the bottle of Southern Comfort atop the fridge, it should be noted that LSU HC Les Miles has already termed the injury to be "slight." Unless word surfaces that this injury is more significant than it would outwardly seem, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Heisman hopeful should be just fine for the Tigers' season-opening showdown with Wisconsin in Lambeau Field on September 3.
Aug 16 - 1:11 PM

An AFC college scouting director says LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette is "a bad dude."

"Big, fast, nimble, runs with aggression," he said. "You watch a (Adrian) Peterson and see Gurley and talk about how rare they are, and two years later here comes another one. … And [FSU junior Dalvin] Cook is extremely dynamic. Those two are really good. It’s a (Ricky) Williams/(Edgerrin) James type of year, and the other kids are good too. You’re seeing a rebirth of the position." MMQB noted that Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey may be a third 2016 first-rounder from the group, while Georgia’s Nick Chubb could be fourth if he's healthy. The RB crop is so incredibly deep that Oregon’s Royce Freeman and Tennessee’s Jalen Hurd head into the season almost as afterthoughts.
Source: MMQB
Jul 28 - 7:43 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette was evasive when asked if this was his last year in college.

"I enjoy college," he said. "Everything is free. I don’t have to pay for nothing." On the flip side, next year he'll have the money to pay for everything. Barring an injury or a near unprecedented decision, Fournette will be coming to an NFL stadium near you next fall.
Jul 14 - 6:42 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette is listed as Bovada's Heisman favorite with 9/2 odds.

Fournette just hurdled his way over Deshaun Watson, who himself had 9/2 Heisman odds earlier this offseason. Bovada has adjusted the gunslinger to 5/1. That pair is followed up by Christian McCaffrey (11/2), with J.T. Barrett, Baker Mayfield and Dalvin Cook all chilling at 12/1. If you are looking for an interesting long-shot, Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer are listed at 28/1. Both men have received low-grade dark horse buzz this offseason.
Jul 1 - 2:15 PM

Pro Football pegs LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette No. 2 on its preseason Heisman list.

He slides in behind Christian McCaffrey. Last season, Fournette earned PFF's highest rushing grade and broke the most tackles with 85. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder "looked more agile last year," wrote Steve Palazzolo, "adding a shifty component to his already-impressive combination of size and speed." PFF thought Fournette had a better season than Derrick Henry on a per-snap basis last year. Palazzolo believes "it’s possible that Fournette takes another big step forward as a junior and that’s a scary proposition for opposing defenses."
Jun 22 - 7:41 PM

An anonymous SEC defensive coach explained to ESPN that Alabama found success against LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette in 2015 because they "had two guys touching him when he got to the line of scrimmage."

"You have to get more guys to him, which involves getting off blocks and having the talent to limit the space that he's in," the coach said. "Everybody else is praying they can hold the guy under 200 yards, and to them it was like, 'How many tackles for loss are we going to get?'" The unspoken point here is that most teams simply don't have Alabama's defensive talent. Fournette's numbers bear that out well enough. Last season, he failed to surpass 100 yards rushing in just two of 12 games -- against Alabama (31 yards) and against Arkansas (91 yards). Those games were played in consecutive weeks in November.
Jun 19 - 1:20 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette indicated that he felt like he let people down with his performance against Alabama last season.

Fournette started out the 2015 campaign like a runaway freight train before crashing into Alabama's freight train-busting defense on November 8. He finished the game with just 31 yards rushing. Said Fournette, "[Failing to live up to expectation] was the toughest part. Everybody was down on me: ‘Thirty-one yards and he was not what we expected." The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder said that the tough game strengthened his ties with his coaches and teammates. This season, he will have another crack at Alabama on November 5. If he comes through in that one, it might be enough to boost him to a Heisman showing, assuming the rest of the season unfolds as expected for the star junior.
Jun 17 - 1:43 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette finished with Pro Football Focus' highest running back grade last season.

Fournette led the country in broken tackles last season (85 as a runner, 10 as a receiver). "But what earns him Adrian Peterson comparisons is his combination of strength and speed," Jeff Dooley wrote. "834 of his 1,916 rushing yards last season came on runs of 15 yards or longer, making him a true breakaway threat in addition to his between-the-tackles effectiveness (on rushes on either side of the center, Fournette averaged 6.5 yards per carry)." This offseason, we've also seen Fournette compared to everyone from Bo Jackson to LeBron James. Yeah, we can't wait for the fall either.
Jun 8 - 5:02 PM

A veteran personnel man who spoke with NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah after LSU's Texas Bowl win over Texas Tech compared LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette to LeBron James.

Jeremiah doesn't dive into specifics of the personnel man's comparison, but Fournette rushed for 212 yards and five touchdowns in throttling Texas Tech in that bowl game and the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder displays the same terrifying blend of strength and speed that make LeBron such a weapon. As far as cross-sport comparisons go, that works well enough. And Jeremiah, himself, offered another interesting comparison -- he sees Fournette as a splice between Frank Gore and Todd Gurley. The analyst did offer a few choice criticisms (they are hard to come by with Fournette), noting that his route-running remains somewhat raw, as does his pass-blocking. Jeremiah thinks this is simply due to Fournette's lack of reps in those areas.
Jun 7 - 1:04 PM