LSU RB Leonard Fournette will play Saturday against Ole Miss, and now we know just how much.
Brent Musburger, who will be calling the game for ESPN, told Paul Finebaum on Friday that LSU’s coaches said Fournette will be on the field for about 30 offensive plays against the Rebels.
“He’s going play,” Musburger said. “He worked full strength in practice. Quarterback and coaches, Danny Etling and all the assistants, they told us he looked real good in practice. We expect him to be in for 30 plays, according to the coaches. And Derrius Guice, he could be out there on some of the same sets.”
With Fournette having missed the past two games with an ankle injury, the coaches want to ease him back onto the field slowly.
Musburger’s comments echo what interim head coach Ed Orgeron said earlier in the week.
“He looks full-speed,” Orgeron said. “But we are going to monitor him for when he does or doesn’t need a break.”
Guice has stepped up in a big way in Fournette’s absence. He ran for 325 yards and five touchdowns in the two games Fournette missed.
With both of them on the field, sometimes at the same time, Musburger said it would be fascinating to see how Ole Miss tries to slow the Tigers down.
“You look at all the backs, the best one-two punch in the country is right here at LSU with Leonard Fournette healthy again,” Musburger said.