Louisiana State University running back Leonard Fournette is having himself a big season. A “hand him the Heisman” type season. The 6-f00t-1, 230-pound sophomore tailback from the Big Easy is making things look easy … rushing for an astonishing 864 yards and 11 touchdowns in just four games.
In fact had LSU’s season opener against McNeese State not been cancelled due to inclement weather, Fournette would easily have eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark … with seven games left to play.
Next on his agenda? The University of South Carolina – a program which rose to national prominence in recent years on the strength of defensive stars like Jadeveon Clowney, Melvin Ingram, Devin Taylor, Kelcy Quarles, Stephon Gilmore and D.J. Swearinger.
The problem? Those players are long gone – and head coach Steve Spurrier and his staff haven’t replaced them with athletes possessing anywhere near the same skill level.
That means Fournette could be in line for a career day against the Gamecocks …
How many yards will Fournette amass against South Carolina? Good question. Co-defensive coordinators Jon Hoke and Lorenzo Ward currently field the nation’s No. 75 rushing defense – a unit which is surrendering an average of 170 yards per game.
Our guess? Fournette will have a materially adverse impact on both of those numbers …
In fact if South Carolina’s defense manages to hold him below 250 yards, it will be a miracle …
Two or three years ago, a battle between Fournette and the Gamecock defense would have been a clash of titans. This year? It’s gonna get ugly … fast.