LSU running back Leonard Fournette should be one of the top candidates for the 2016 Heisman Trophy after rushing for nearly 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns during the 2015 season. However, it looks like head coach Les Miles believes there is one area the star rusher can improve.
Per reports, Miles would like Fournette to shed a few pounds before his Tigers take the field for the first time this year.
Miles has already made it a point earlier this year that he would like Fournette to lose some weight. When he joined “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Thursday, he made it known just how much he would like the running back to drop and he explained that it was all about maximizing his abilities on the field.
“I think Leonard was 235 or 233 (pounds) or so during spring,” Miles said. “We want him right around 225. So that his strength and speed are kind of maximized. He’s an elite guy and he wants to be in an elite body as he goes into the fall. I think that certainly this summer will provide him that opportunity.
“He’s a great teammate, unselfish, wants for the team and he has great leadership. The guys listen to him. I think he’s going to have a great year. I think he’s poised to be better than he was last year.”
Leonard Fournette should be able to dominate whether he weighs 225 or 235, but it is probably the best thing to listen to what the coach wants. He has already shown the correct leadership to be able to run the team and play at the next level and the Tigers’ 2016 season rides a lot on what he is able to do this year.
The Tigers open the season at Lambeau Field against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 3.
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