Even Leonard Fournette’s worst is still good for something. Fournette’s season-low 150-yard performance last weekend against Western Kentucky was pedestrian by his standards.
Although Fournette’s performance wasn’t legendary, it was very good when compared to other Heisman Trophy winners. Fournette’s outing was the second-best “season low” rushing total from a tailback during his Heisman campaign, according to LSU Athletics’ director of digital media Todd Politz. It was four yards behind Barry Sanders for the best “season low” effort among Heisman winners.
Fournette hasn’t won the Heisman yet, but he has played his way to the top of the front-runners’ list. He leads the nation in rushing with an average of 193.1 yards per game and has carried LSU to a perfect 7-0 start to the season.
Fournette will face his biggest test in two weeks when the Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to face Alabama in a pivotal SEC West battle. Alabama has the fourth-stingiest run defense in the nation and has surrendered an average of 78.5 yards per game to opposing rushers.