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Fournette 4 Heisman: The Rise of LSU’s Next Star Player

By Stefan Muro

 

 

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He is 6 feet and 1 inch tall and weighs 230 pounds. He runs a 4.35 second 40-yard dash and has a 30-inch vertical jump. He was a three-time SEC player of the week and a member of the 2014 All-SEC Freshman Team due to his historic 1,034 rushing yard season. He hails from New Orleans’ own St. Augustine High School. His name is Leonard Fournette.

 
Fournette’s amazing combination of size, speed, and strength served him well as a four-year starter for the Purple Knights. His 7,619-yard and 88-touchdown career earned him a spot on the All District 5-A Team all four years. His stunning 2,135-yard and 31-touchdown junior season opened the eyes of many college teams nationwide. Although his senior year produced a lesser 1,792-yard and 16-touchdown season, the whole country knew who he was. In 2013, he was named Mr. Football by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and was also named Offensive MVP by the Louisiana Football Coaches Association.

 
Collegiate recruiting sites such as MaxPreps, 247Sports, Scouts, and Rivals.com had ranked Fournette as the number one tailback in the nation. ESPN even ranked him the overall top prospect, of all positions, in the country. Top tier programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida St., Notre Dame, Texas, USC, Michigan, and Florida all offered him full scholarships. After the 2014 Under Armor All-America game, the New Orleans tailback decided to stay close to home by committing to LSU.

 
Fournette played in all 13 games, started six of them and exceeded some of the highest expectations LSU had ever put on an incoming freshman. The Tigers named Fournette the starter after his amazing 27 carries that accounted for 140 yards and two touchdowns against the Florida Gators. He led the team to a nail biting 30-27 victory and the team hailed him as their “true freshman.”

 
The rest of the nation took notice of him after his clutch, 113-yard rushing performance against the #3 Ole Miss Rebels; which lead to a major 7-10 upset. A few weeks later, he bulldozed the only Texas A&M defender in between him and the end zone. It was one of two plays of his on Sports Center’s Top 10 plays for several weeks. Although the season ended with a 31-28 loss to Notre Dame in The Music City Bowl, he achieved a career high 264 all-purpose yard game along with a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown.

 
He wrapped up his freshman season as the SEC’s 6th highest rusher and the leader in all-purpose yards. He also ranked 4th in kick return yards throughout the conference. His 1,034-yard season was the most for any freshman tailback in the school’s history. Fournette has already started the 2015 campaign with a boom. Despite the #14 Tigers missing their week one tuneup against McNeese State, they managed to edge out the #25 Mississippi State Bulldogs, 21-19, in Starkville. On 28 carries, Fournette dominated with 159 yards and all three of LSU’s touchdowns. The next week, Fournette embarrassed Auburn’s defense with 19 carries going for a career high 228 yards and three touchdowns. The LSU tailback has 398 yards and six touchdowns on the season and is currently the top ranked player in the 2015 Heisman Watch.

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