The ongoing saga of Leonard Fournette’s health status seems to have hit a steadying point.
According to LSU interim head football coach Ed Orgeron, Fournette is still questionable for LSU’s game this Saturday against Southern Miss, but his words made it sound like the situation might be a little worse than that.
“I don’t know if he’s going to play this week,” Orgeron said. “I think he’s going to attempt to. I talked to [director of athletic training Jack Marucci], he’s going to do some things this week. He’s getting better. I would list him as questionable right now.”
One week ago when he was asked the same question, Orgeron referred to Fournette’s status as “day-by-day.” Two days later, Orgeron downgraded Fournette’s status for the Florida game that wasn’t to “unlikely” on his Wednesday teleconference. One day later, after the Florida game had been postponed, Orgeron said that Fournette was questionable for this weekend’s game, the same place we’re at now.
In the three games he has played this season, Fournette has gained 386 yards on 67 carries (5.76 yards per carry) for two touchdowns. LSU is 1-2 in games Fournette has played in and 2-0 in games where the load fell upon Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams to lead the backfield.
When LSU faced Missouri in the team’s most recent game, Guice, Williams and the rest of the LSU backfield combined to rush for 418 yards, the most rushing yards LSU has produced in a game since Fournette arrived on campus in 2014.
At 8.74 yards per carry, Guice has been the SEC’s most productive runner per attempt this season in Fournette’s absence. Guice’s four touchdowns and 402 yards on the ground both lead the Tigers offense.