Star LSU running back Leonard Fournette’s status for this Saturday’s game against Florida is still up in the air.
“I think [Leonard] is going to be day-by-day,” LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said Monday. “I don’t know if he’s going to practice today or tomorrow. I don’t know if he’s going to play.”
Fournette missed last Saturday’s 42-7 win over Missouri with a nagging ankle injury that he’s been battling since fall camp. The ankle also forced him to missed the team’s win over Jacksonville State. In Fournette’s place, LSU used a running back by committee system that produced more than 400 rushing yards, including 100-plus yard days from Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams.
Fournette has rushed for at least 100 yards in all three his starts this season with two touchdowns. Dating back to 2014, Fournette has rushed for 100 yards in his last six starts and 12 of his last 14.
LSU plays Florida this week. The Gators have the No. 10 ranked rushed defense in the nation this year, allowing just 90 yards per game, which is the second-best mark in the SEC behind No. 1 Alabama.
According to Orgeron, Fournette is pleased with how the team is playing. But he’s ready to get out there.
“Sometimes, it can be [difficult to keep Leonard engaged],” Orgeron expanded. “But Leonard is a different cat. I think he was happy to see the offense have so much success. But I think he wants to get in there.”