In only his first week back from injury, Leonard Fournette wasted no time in reminding the country — and Ole Miss — why he’s widely considered to be the best running back in the nation.
His performance caught, in particular, the eye of legendary ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger. Joining the Paul Finebaum Show on Friday, Musburger called Fournette’s 284-yard, three-TD game “one of the best shows I’ve ever seen a running back put on.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a running back with that powerful of performance in a college football game,” Musburger continued, “and against a talented team. … Ole Miss has 3-, 4-, 5-star athletes out there, and Fournette made them look like high-school players. It was simply an amazing performance.”
That game, evaluated with his past performances, inspired a lofty comparison of Fournette from Musburger, who came to it after speaking with a handful of former coaches, he said: Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown.
“He doesn’t run out of bounds, he punishes people and he’s got break out speed,” Musburger said of the similarities between Fournette and Brown.
Fournette had missed three consecutive games with a nagging ankle injury. Yet, he turned in a performance that provoked Alabama coach Nick Saban to proclaim Fournette “looks as good as ever and maybe even better.”
Now, it is Saban’s test to stop — or, at least, contain — the prodigal LSU running back. LSU is set to host Alabama on Nov. 5 at 8 ET on CBS.
More from Musburger:
- There will be only five unbeaten teams left after this weekend, according to Musburger. With 6-0 West Virginia and 7-0 Clemson both hitting the road, Musburger believes both will suffer their first losses of the season. The No. 9 Mountaineers travel to Stillwater, Okla., for a game Musburger predicts Oklahoma State will prevail in, while No. 4 Clemson faces No. 12 Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. “I think FSU can upset Clemson simply because it’s in Tallahassee. FSU, they need a season defining win. They’ve got Clemson right there where they want them. … I think it’s all hands on deck for West Virginia and Clemson.”