Remember Leonard Fournette? For the first half of last season, the LSU running back appeared to be a lock for the Heisman Trophy, but then his numbers fell off, and this season, he’s been more or less an afterthought in the national college-football consciousness.
Part of the problem has been a lingering ankle injury, although Fournette was able to rush for over 100 yards in each of his three games before Saturday’s matchup with Ole Miss. The 6-1, 235-pound junior looked plenty healthy, though, against the Rebels, and he managed to put quite a hurting on one would-be tackler.
That was freshman defensive back Deontay Anderson getting pulverized by Fournette. Hey, at least Anderson forced him out of bounds, right? Meanwhile, the Internet had some fun with the moment.
That was hardly Fournette’s only highlight. In fact, he ran for 284 yards — a school record — and three touchdowns on just 16 carries, adding 25 yards on three receptions, before being lifted early in the fourth quarter of LSU’s 38-21 win over Mississippi.
In one mind-boggling sequence, Fournette ran for a 76-yard, second-quarter touchdown. On his next touch, in the third quarter, he ran for a 78-yard touchdown. At one point, he had 249 yards on just seven carries.
Fournette wound up averaging 17.8 yards per carry, which would be a terrific number for a wide receiver’s receptions. He figures to get a much tougher test, though, in the Tigers’ next game, which will come Nov. 5 against top-ranked Alabama.