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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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In 2014, LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette "barely scratched the surface of what he's capable of considering his rare combination of size, strength and speed," observes NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Fournette, the top recruit in 2014, led the Tigers with 1,034 rushing yards last year despite splitting carries. "Reports from LSU indicate we should look for a lighter and quicker Fournette, which should benefit him as he must learn to be more creative and elusive within the first three yards of the line of scrimmage in order to maximize those special traits and hit more big plays," Zierlein wrote. "I'm expecting a big jump forward in 2015." The analyst ranks Fournette as the No. 6 runner in the country. Jun 25 - 5:36 PM
Source: NFL.com

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Betting "over" 8 wins on LSU is great value, argues ESPN correspondent Phil Steele.

The Tigers went just 8-5 last season, but that finish was a huge aberration: The school has won fewer than eight games in a season just once over the past 14 years. "Last season LSU was replacing a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher, and had just 12 returning starters," Steele wrote. "This season they have 15 returning starters and all their top skill players. They lost 18 players to the NFL draft in 2013 and 2014 combined, including a ton of underclassmen, but this year had just four players drafted (only one in the first two rounds) and only one underclassman left early." The over/under LSU prop is available at minus-125 odds. "I think LSU is very capable of double-digit wins this season like the Tigers had four of the previous five seasons. Get them now while the total is just eight," Steele wrote.
Jun 9 - 10:55 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette "is one of the best running backs in the country, despite his relative lack of experience," wrote ESPN's Alex Scarborough.

"The nation’s former No. 1 overall recruit went from 'so-so' to 'holy cow' [at the end of the season]," wrote Scarborough. Fournette posted 289 yards and three touchdowns versus Texas A&M and Notre Dame. "If he brings that kind of dominance into 2015, he could carry the LSU offense on his own -- and with that mediocre passing offense, he could very well have to," wrote Scarborough.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 3 - 4:39 PM

LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette "possesses an excellent blend of power, size and speed," writes Bleacher Report's Greg Wallace.

"And he's only getting better," wrote Wallace. "With an offseason of development behind him, the talented sophomore should take another big step forward in 2015, making himself even more appealing to NFL teams in need of a powerful backfield presence." Wallace ranks Fournette as one of the 10 best NFL prospects who are not yet draft eligible. Fournette won't have the choice of entering the pro ranks until after the 2016 season.
May 27 - 12:52 AM

NFL Media ranks LSU sophomore RB Leonard Fournette as the No. 6 preseason Heisman contender.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Fournette, the best recruit in the 2014 recruiting cycle, led the Tigers with 1,034 rushing yards last year despite splitting carries with two tailbacks and a dual-threat quarterback. "He'll likely share carries again, but it's not a stretch to think he could get 235 or so attempts, which could mean around 1,500 yards," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin, adding that an improved passing attack will also greatly help Fournette. "Fournette is both physical and fast." True that.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 11:26 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes LSU freshman RB Leonard Fournette "sports an NFL-ready frame and explosive speed."

"The 6-foot-1, 230 pound Fournette was widely regarded as the elite prep talent in the country and he's certainly showed why in this contest, rushing for 143 yards on just 11 carries. Fournette sports an NFL-ready frame and explosive speed but won't be eligible for the NFL until 2017," Rang wrote. The true freshman also took a kick back to the house, scoring two touchdowns in Tuesday's 31-28 loss to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl. Fournette was named to the SEC All-Freshman team after rushing for 891 yards and eight touchdowns on 176 carries.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 03:18:00 PM

LSU freshman RB Leonard Fournette returned a kick for a touchdown, and converted 11 carries into 143 yards and two touchdowns in Tuesday's 31-28 loss to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl.

The true freshman was sensational, providing the Tigers with most of the offense they could muster against the Irish. His 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter tied the game 14-14. The real fireworks came in the third, when Fournette's 89-yard touchdown sprint lasted only 12 seconds of clock time. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Fournette is an early frontrunner for the 2015 Heisman Trophy.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 07:14:00 PM

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.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 06:42:00 PM

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
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 04:01:00 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.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 10:00:00 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.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 11:12:00 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.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 07:58:00 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.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 09:59:00 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.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 05:43:00 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.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 10:49:00 PM