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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 HC Les Miles believes junior RB Leonard Fournette needs to lose some weight.
"Leonard Fournette’s got to trim up," the coach said following Saturday’s spring game. "For him to get the speed he’s capable of, I think he needs to be lighter." Fournette is listed at 230 pounds. He posted 1,953 yards rushing with 22 rushing touchdowns as a true sophomore last season. Apr 20 - 6:17 PM

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LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette was held out Tuesday’s spring practice session with a minor soft-tissue injury.

No need to fret, Tiger fans. The minor injury is not expected to impede Fournette's availability for Thursday’s practice session. Fournette posted 1,953 yards rushing and led the SEC and ranked fourth nationally 22 rushing touchdowns as a true sophomore last season.
Mar 15 - 9:05 PM

Sports Illlustrated's Zac Ellis said that LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette needs to "shine on the big stage" if he's going to be in the Heisman conversation in 2016.

Ellis predictably points to Fournette's 19-carry, 31-yard debacle against Alabama in early November as a death knell for his 2015 Heisman hopes. Wrote the Sports Illustrated analyst, "The Crimson Tide boasted one of the nation’s stingiest defenses, one that eventually led them to the national title. But Heisman winners perform as their best in the biggest moments." Despite all of that noise, the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder rushed for 1,953 yards and 19 touchdowns--a sign of just how dominant he was before meeting Nick Saban's boys. Ellis is keen on seeing how Fournette responds against Alabama on November 5, 2016, in Death Valley. He sees that as a potential make/break point for Fournette's Heisman hopes in what figures to be his final collegiate season.
Mar 8 - 11:29 PM

In the face of conversation about LSU football potentially being shut down due to state budgetary concerns (Louisiana's facing a $1 billion deficit), sophomore RB Leonard Fournette said he "will never jump ship."

Louisiana governor Bel Edwards brought up the possibility of doom/gloom while campaigning for a tax increase late in the week. This predictably sparked speculation that Fournette could request a transfer. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound star shrugged that suggestion off on Twitter when he wrote, "I'm not going nowhere like I said before I will never jump ship, I'm drowning with my brothers." That he compares the situation to drowning is ominous in its own right, but a transfer never really made sense here. Fournette's likely draft-bound come 2017 and any FBS transfer would require him to sit out a year.
Feb 14 - 7:11 PM

In a ranking of the Top-75 collegiate running backs heading into the 2016 season, Athlon Sports placed LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette at No. 1.

"Fournette is the nation’s most-talented running back and poised for another monster season," the sporting news outlet wrote. And that sounds about right. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder was a Heisman front-runner until the Tide washed over him in early November. After he hit Alabama, he never was quite able to regain the magic feeling he'd been generating for most of the season. And he still finished out rushing for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns. Expect him to post Heisman-caliber numbers once more in 2016. LSU had best capitalize on his existence while they can. It would be a surprise if he opted not to enter the draft in a year.
Feb 8 - 2:55 PM

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

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.
Source: NFL.com
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