LSU was looking at an uphill battle against the Florida Gators this afternoon after Leonard Fournette was expected to sit out of the game. At 6-3, the Tigers desperately needed a win if they wished to continue to be viewed as one of the top programs in the country.
Fournette, who is struggling with an ankle injury that also caused him to miss time earlier this season, appeared content to take the smarter, more sensible route, and watch from the sideline as he protected his body and future NFL prospects.
And then, the two sides scuffled prior to the kickoff.
Following the altercation, Fournette decided that he wanted to be on the field to run it down the Gators throats.
Fournette was involved in the pre-game scuffle, shoving a Florida assistant.
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The move comes as a surprise, considering the chief force keeping Fournette out of the lineup today was interim head coach Ed Orgeron. This raises a couple of questions, though. Is Fournette being played despite what appears to be a chronic ankle injury? Or was he not really hurt, capable of playing, and was choosing not to?
Either way, bad news for Florida.
Nearing the end of the first half, Fournette has 4 carries for 23 yards and LSU hold a slim 7-3 lead.
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