One notable former LSU player considers Leonard Fournette’s decision to miss the Citrus Bowl a good one.
Speaking to TMZ Sports on Monday, former Tigers running back Jacob Hester, who played parts of five NFL seasons with the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos, offered his perspective on the situation involving the skilled junior running back.
Hester was far from critical of Fournette, who announced last week that he would sit out the Citrus Bowl and end his LSU career.
“I think every case is different,” Hester told TMZ Sports. “I know in Leonard’s case, he hadn’t been fully healthy in a long time. Even when he ran for 280-some yards against Ole Miss, you could tell he was hobbled by that ankle injury. … In his case, look, this is going to be life-changing money and a life-changing thing for Leonard to go into the NFL draft. And I don’t think you want to go into the (NFL) Combine banged up like he has been all year.”
That’s an interesting perspective and one that holds weight, given Hester’s history in the NFL. Hester entered the league as a third-round pick by the Chargers in 2008 after totaling 1,780 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns with LSU from 2004-07.
Hester went on to mention that LSU is in good shape with sophomore running back Derrius Guice, who produced 1,249 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.
Hester makes a bunch of sense with his comments. Fournette made a business decision, and it’s his right to do so.