Leonard Fournette’s college football career has reached its end.
On Friday, it was announced that the LSU star running back will not be playing in the Tigers’ Citrus Bowl matchup against the Louisville Cardinals.
Fournette announced his decision on Friday in a joint press conference with LSU head coach Ed Orgeron.
According to Fournette, he has decided to sit out the bowl game in order to rehab his ankle as he prepares to enter his NFL Draft preparation in full force.
“This is one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, not playing in the bowl, but it’s best for me and my future,” Fournette said. “I want to thank Coach Orgeron and the LSU family for everything they’ve done for me. I’ll always love LSU and the people here. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world and I will never regret becoming an LSU Tiger or playing for this group.
“For me, I’m an LSU Tiger forever. Without my brothers this would be even harder, and I thank them and will support them in the bowl game. It’s crazy how time flies. I remember when I was a freshman up to now. I want to rehab and get ready for the NFL and chase my dreams.
“I would say my ankle is about 85-90 percent so it’s getting better. But there still work to do. It was hard telling the guys. I love them dearly. You grow so close together through this. I’ll forever thank them and support them.”
Orgeron thanked the running back after the announcement was made.
I want to wish all of the best to Leonard Fournette as he pursues his professional football career. He's a great member of The Tiger Family!
— Coach Ed Orgeron (@Coach_EdOrgeron) December 16, 2016
In limited time this season, Fournette recorded 843 yards and eight touchdowns.
During his standout career in Baton Rouge, Fournette carried the ball 616 times for 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns. He is expected to hear his name called in the first-round of the 2017 NFL Draft.