Leonard Fournette has played 15 games for LSU, but coach Les Miles already considers him a member of LSU’s elite tradition of running backs.
“He fits very comfortably with the very elite running backs that we’ve had here,” Miles said during his Wednesday teleconference. “The list is very long and it’s a very capable list.”
That list includes some storied running backs such as Joseph Addai, Jacob Hester, Charles Scott, Stevan Ridley and Jeremy Hill. Miles said there’s still plenty to learn about the sophomore tailback.
“Considering that we’ve played two games in this season I think we’ll let Leonard Fournette define who he is,” Miles said.
Miles was also asked about preserving his star running back Wednesday. He said Fournette is a guy who tends to get better as the game goes on, and also said Fournette’s amount of carries in a game depends on situations and game flow.
“Obviously we want to take into account the specifics of our player,” Miles said. “He’s a guy who seems to get warmed up the more reps he gets. Yet, we wouldn’t want to wear him out before we get to some of the key contests of our season.
“I think in certain situations you have the opportunity to reduce his exposure. In other games you want to give him every opportunity that he needs to get his carries. It really kind of varies week to week.”
Miles added that placing a pitch count on college football’s stars can diminish the impact they have on a game.
“If it was a pitch count I think you could eliminate some of the great performances in college football,” he said. “But we’re still very cautious. We talk about it on the headsets routinely.”
"If it was a pitch count, you could eliminate some of the great performances in college football," Les on notion of Fournette "pitch count."
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Miles asked about inviting Sid Ortis to sideline, youngster suffering from terminal cancer: He's a hero. that guy is very special. #LSU
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