BATON ROUGE, La. — Saturday could be Leonard Fournette’s final time as a player at Tiger Stadium. Pretty much everyone but Fournette himself has pretty conceded that it will be, though none of their opinions matter as much as his.
Due to Fournette’s ankle injuries, interim coach Ed Orgeron has only been able to coach the dynamic running back for three games. But he has observed Fournette since joining the LSU coaching staff last season, and has been impressed from the get-go.
Orgeron praised Fournette’s work ethic and team-first attitude during Wednesday’s SEC Coaches Teleconference.
“He’s a team player. Puts the team first. Loves Louisiana,” Orgeron said. “He’s a great example of one team, one heartbeat.”
Those traits help explain why Fournette has not yet announced his intention to declare for next spring’s NFL Draft. Fournette told local reporters on Tuesday that his mind still isn’t made up about coming back to school. Whether that’s the case or Fournette simply doesn’t want to steal the thunder from teammates who have put their four years in on Senior Day, he’s proving Orgeron’s point.
Two games stick out in Coach O’s mind that sum up Fournette’s greatness.