LSU running back Leonard Fournette did something that has never been done before in the history of football. In Saturday’s 45-24 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks, Fournette was stifled for most of the first half.
On the first play of the second half, he showed that he wasn’t going to be denied. He broke into the open field and raced 87 yards for a touchdown.
It is his open field speed that is special.
Fournette’s run was calculated to where he ran a forty-yard dash in 3.9 seconds. To be clear, the fastest 40 in NFL Combine history is 4.24 seconds, set by Chris Johnson in 2008. Of course, Fournette was already at full speed when the clock started.
Remember, Fournette did this with pads on, while being chased by defensive backs, after hitting the hole at the line of scrimmage. If that isn’t reason to believe that this kid will be a top five draft pick, then I don’t know what else he has to do.
Maybe winning the Heisman would suffice.
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