Leonard Fournette on loss to Alabama: “It’s one game”
Some LSU fans might think the sky is falling, but it’s not in Leonard Fournette’s world.
Fournette spoke to the media for the first time since LSU’s 30-16 loss to Alabama last weekend. The tailback had his worst game of the season with 31 yards and one score on 19 carries.
“Everybody thinks it’s the end of the world,” Fournette said, according to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger. “It’s one game.”
Some analysts disagreed with Fournette’s statement. The Tigers dropped from No. 4 to No. 9 in the latest Associated Press Poll, and LSU will surely fall out of the top four in tomorrow’s new College Football Playoff rankings. Fournette’s Heisman Trophy stock also took a drastic hit, with Alabama running back Derrick Henry surpassing Fournette as the favorite to win the award.
Fournette said he only hopes to be a leader and keep the Tigers united.
“My main focus is keeping this team together,” Fournette said, according to Dellenger.
A big reason for Fournette’s struggles was the play of his blockers. LSU’s offensive line was dominated by Alabama’s front seven throughout the game, and Fournette was not given much running room. Fournette didn’t dish out any blame, however. He said the entire unit played poorly.
“O-line had a bad day,” Fournette said, according to Dellenger. “I had a bad day. Bad day as a unit.”
The halfback also responded to a question about the offensive Hurricane Katrina banner that was created by Alabama supporters. Fournette said there was nothing he could do about someone else’s decision.
“Can’t control other peoples’ actions,” Fournette said, according to Dellenger.