Leonard Fournette was expected to compete for a Heisman trophy this year. However, he has missed significant time this season due to a nagging ankle injury.
Fournette has the raw talent to find success at the professional level. He has power, speed and the type of size necessary to compete at the highest level of football. In the four games in which he as played, he has topped 100 yard each time. In his return after not having played for three weeks, he ran for 284 yards against SEC foe Ole Miss.
This season, Fournette is averaging 8.1 yards per carry and has five touchdowns rushing.
So how will Fournette fair at the next level?
According to one former NFL running backs coach, Fournette is the next Adrian Peterson:
“There is no doubt in my mind that Leonard Fournette is absolutely the real deal. He’s as close as you will find to Adrian Peterson. He’s so strong and so fast and you just don’t find that combination very often for NFL backs. He’s going to be a great pro if he stays healthy.”
Leonard Fournette spoke with Peter Burns on SEC Now after his record performance. Stay on the lookout for the full interview later tonight. pic.twitter.com/sKG6FpRe6X
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 24, 2016
If Fournette is able to stay healthy for the rest of the year, LSU could be poised for a huge bounce back this season. Head coach Les Miles was fired for under-performing in Baton Rouge earlier this year after LSU started 2-2.
If Fournette is able to stay on the field and LSU is able to play better football as a result, it could mean big paydays all around. Interim head coach Ed Ogeron could vie to have the interim label removed, and Fournette could make himself a top 10 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.