Leonard Fournette’s junior season didn’t go according to plan.
The star running back was supposed to have a career year. He was supposed to compete for a Heisman Trophy.
Neither of those things happened as Fournette was sidelined for four regular season games this season while dealing with an ankle injury. He missed contests against Jacksonville State, Missouri, Southern Miss and Texas A&M.
Fournette also decided to not play in the Tigers’ 29-9 victory Citrus Bowl victory over Louisville as he prepared for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Now the question on everybody’s mind: How is Fournette’s ankle holding up as April’s draft inches closer?
“My ankle is doing fine. It’s not affecting my training,” Fournette told Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller. “I had a high- and low-ankle sprain and a bone bruise in the fall during training, before the season, and like the doctor said, if I would have stayed out a couple more weeks following the beginning of the season, my ankle would have been healed properly in time. All it needed was time. The doc’s rehab has been good, and I’m doing fine.”
Fournette finished the year with 843 yards and 8 touchdowns on 129 carries. Sophomore Derrius Guice led the Tigers in rushing with 1,387 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns.
The ex-LSU running back is viewed as the draft’s No. 2 running back prospect, according to CBS Sports, and the draft’s No. 9 overall prospect.
“I don’t watch any running backs at all and compare myself to them. The only reason I watch NFL games is to watch the LSU players who I played with or who I know, to see what they’re doing. To watch them ball out. At the end of the day, those were the guys I grinded with in college, and I get to see who’s balling in the NFL and see those guys inspire us to continue being great.”