ATLANTA — Two days after Leonard Fournette learned he was not a Heisman Trophy finalist, the star LSU running back explained how he felt about not making the cut — or, perhaps more accurately, he elaborated on his initial reaction: a tweet featuring a lone side-eyed emoji.
While addressing media members at the College Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Fournette predictably admitted he was disappointed, and that he was not alone.
“Everybody was angry and upset about the situation,” Fournette said. “Like I told my coaches and my parents and the players on my team, everything happens for a reason. It is what it is, man.”
As for why he’s not making the trip to New York, Fournette could only guess, but he had a hunch that LSU’s three-game losing skid had something to do with it. His unspectacular performance in LSU’s loss to Alabama, coupled with Derrick Henry’s continued dominance, loomed especially large on the list of what sank his Heisman ship.
“If we’d have won (the Alabama game), I probably would’ve been in the Heisman race,” said Fournette, who still combined to rush for 230 yards in losses Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss
The sophomore, who rushed for a school-record 1,741 yards and scored 18 touchdowns in just 11 games, added that he’ll use what many consider a snub as motivation heading into 2016, when he’ll get another crack at claiming college football’s top individual honor.
“The best running backs in the NFL didn’t win the Heisman. It doesn’t matter to me,” he said.