Top Ten in Ten: No. 2 Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette moments after announcing his commitment to LSU. (Bill Feig)

Leonard Fournette moments after announcing his commitment to LSU. (Bill Feig)

“Top Ten in Ten” is a 10-part blog series on the top 10 players, by importance, for LSU’s 2014 season. We’ll have a player each weekday, counting down to the No. 1 player on Aug. 4, when LSU begins fall camp. 

  • No. 2: Leonard Fournette
  • Year, position: Freshman, running back
  • Height, weight: 6-1, 225

Looking back

Arguably the most celebrated LSU signee since Kevin Faulk in the mid-1990s, Fournette enters fall camp with an impressive resume. He was ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the nation, ran for  7,619 yards and 88 touchdowns in his high school career at St. Augustine and was named the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year twice. He excelled in the Under Armour All-American game, catching a 36-yard touchdown pass and running for 43 yards on nine carries.

Looking forward

Earlier this week, Les Miles called Fournette “the fastest or second-fastest” player on LSU’s team. The coach also said that if Fournette learns the offense, as coaches expect, “he’ll play very significant football.” What’s all this mean? Fournette will see the field a ton for the Tigers. He enters in a perfect situation. LSU lost star running back Jeremy Hill to the NFL draft, and the depth at the position is low. The New Orleans native has a shot to finish the season as the Tigers’ leading rusher.

Number To Know

22 – Total TDs Fournette scored during his senior year of high school.

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