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Leonard Fournette | Running Back

Team: LSU Tigers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/18/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 230

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In an NFL Media poll, three of five NFL executives said that they would take LSU RB Leonard Fournette over former Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott.
"I really like Elliott," said one executive, "but Fournette is an animal. Guys like him don't come around very often." A Zeke-backing exec sees the current Cowboys star as a more well-rounded player, though, noting that the former Buckeye is "more versatile and would fit in any offense." While Elliott has already proven that he can more than hold his own at the NFL level, one personnel man noted that Fournette's upside could just be too overwhelming to ignore. "You don't see guys with Fournette's size/speed combination very often," he said. "He's a rare, rare talent. He's the most talented runner to come out since Adrian Peterson." Jan 7 - 1:24 PM

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Football Insiders' Charlie Bernstein reports the Jaguars drafting Leonard Fournette in the first round is "not on the table."

Contractually this makes sense. Chris Ivory is on the roster until 2018, at the very least, and T.J. Yeldon's second-round rookie contract does not end until after the 2018 season. The Jaguars have plenty of needs, including at offensive line. This statement likely is not limited to Fournette, but any running back in round one.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 10:57:00 AM

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said a player electing to skip a bowl game "would concern me."

Arians suggested he would decide on each situation on a case by case basis, once again backing up the idea that if a team likes a player, it will get glossed over. "Depending on what their situation is as a team, because this is a team sport," Arians said. "But you’ve had a couple of guys get injured in the last couple years. Agents have a lot to say about it. Parents have a lot to say about it. But, it would concern me." The Cardinals spent their first round pick on Robert Nkemdiche, who was suspended for the school's bowl game last year. Nkemdiche has been in the dog house his entire first season.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 08:47:00 AM

An assistant GM of an NFL team told Mike Freeman players who skip bowl games are "selfish puss---."

What an unbelievable opinion. If this did come from an NFL executive, the league continues to lack the ability to place themselves in another person's shoes. After watching Jaylon Smith destroy his knee last bowl season, forcing him to miss a season and around $20 million guaranteed, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey decided not to risk it. It is their choice, and teams have plenty of tape on both players.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 09:42:00 AM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette has hired the agency Roc Nation for representation.

Roc Nation is the agency which mogul Jay Z founded in the late 2000's. Fournette is now beginning his draft journey proper, having decided not to participate in the Citrus Bowl against Louisville. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder was plagued by an ankle injury throughout the 2016 campaign, ultimately finishing out with 843 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. Fournette could potentially land within the first 10 selections in this spring's draft.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 12:36:00 PM

LSU RB Leonard Fournette won't play in the Citrus Bowl against Louisville.

Fournette instead intends to rest his troublesome ankle and begin his pre-Draft preparations. The star runner previously announced he will enter the NFL Draft when the season concludes. Some may question his decision to sit out this game, but Will Carroll of SEC Country recently reported that Fournette's ankle issue may eventually require surgery because it's developed into a "chronic problem." Never fear, Tigers fans. No. 2 RB Derrius Guice also may be a future first-rounder, and he figures to have a huge day against the Cardinals. Darrel Williams and Nick Brossette should also get a few more snaps against Louisville.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 01:52:00 PM

A pair of NFL scouting evaluators told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that they see LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette as a better pro prospect than Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley.

Gurley was selected 10th in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Rams, who have subsequently locked him in a dungeon of sad three-yard gains. Fournette could well follow in the footsteps of Gurley and Zeke Elliott, both of whom landed as top-10 picks in the 2015 and 2016 drafts, respectively. Fournette failed to top 1,000 yards rushing this season, though that is only due to a nagging ankle injury which forced him to miss multiple contests. Expect plenty of comps to all-universe backs such as Bo Jackson and Adrian Peterson over the coming months.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 06:05:00 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette will enter the 2017 NFL draft.

Even so, he intends to play in the Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Fournette checks in as Todd McShay's No. 1 overall prospect and Mel Kiper's No. 2. Fournette is a classic north-south runner, a big, thundering back with rare acceleration and explosion. He's been compared to Bo Jackson and Adrian Peterson. If there's a minor squabble, it might be with durability. Fournette has received 657 touches over three years on campus and missed four games this year with an ankle injury. To be fair, Fournette rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns on 300 attempts without missing a contest as a sophomore last year.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 02:18:00 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette wants to play in the school's bowl game despite dealing with the nagging ankle injury that has sidelined him for four games.

Head coach Ed Orgeron said Fournette has been in every team meeting, wanting to get on the field. Orgeron considers the star running back day-to-day for the bowl game against Louisville. This will be Fournette's last collegiate contest.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 09:40:00 AM

The New Orleans Time Picayune reports that junior RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) won't play against Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Night.

Further, according to the report, Fournette didn't even travel with the team to College Station for LSU's season finale. This is the fourth game Fournette has missed due to the lingering ankle injury he suffered Aug. 16 during a fall camp scrimmage. In the eight he's played in, Fournette has 843 yards and eight touchdowns on 129 carries (6.5 ypc). The injury is, per Fournette, a high and low ankle sprain and a bone bruise.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 05:26:00 PM

LSU interim HC Ed Orgeron says junior RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) remains day-to-day.

Coach O added Wednesday that Fournette is still "very sore." Fournette, who reportedly asked the coaching staff to play him after a pregame scuffle, rushed for 40 yards in Saturday's loss to Florida. If he can't go, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound junior will cede his job to Derrius Guice on Thanksgiving against Texas A&M.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 12:58:00 PM

LSU interim HC Ed Orgeron tagged junior RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) as a game-time decision for Thursday's game against Texas A&M.

Fournette rushed for 40 yards in Saturday's loss to Florida. He might not have played in that one under normal circumstances, but a minor pregame shoving match gave him motivation (if not a healthy ankle) to give it an ineffective go. Should the 6-foot-1, 230-pound junior be unable to play against the Aggies on Thanksgiving, A&M would receive a healthy portion of Derrius Guice.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 02:08:00 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) rushed for 40 yards on 12 carries in Saturday's 16-10 loss to Florida.

Fournette was looking like he would sit this one out with a nagging ankle injury -- one which might require surgery down the road -- but he pushed for playing time following a pregame fracas with the Gators. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder went on to post his second lowest rushing tally of the 2016 campaign. Only Alabama has held him to fewer than the 40 yards he ground out on Saturday. Fournette is up to 843 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in seven games. His campaign as a whole just hasn't come together the way fantasy owners might have hoped for back in August.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 04:30:00 PM

Updating a previous item, LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette is now going through warmups ahead fo Saturday's makeup game against Florida.

Beat writer Ross Dellenger reported just a few minutes ago that Fournette was not expected to play, and he still might not, but since then the star running back dressed and joined his teammates during warmups. This is a great example of how frustrating college injury news can be.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 12:31:00 PM

LSU junior RB Leonard Fournette is not expected to play against Florida, according to beat writer Ross Dellenger.

We are guessing this involves Fournette's ankle injury, the one that has bothered him all season and even kept him sidelined for multiple games. It makes sense for Fournette not to play unless he is 100 percent when considering his future, however, SEC Country's Will Carroll reported this week that Fournette's ankle issue is "chronic," which will draw the attention of the NFL. Derrius Guice might be the best backup running back in college football.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 11:49:00 AM