LSU coach Les Miles spoke some candid words about running back Leonard Fournette’s humility and leadership skills.
Fournette has garnered plenty of praise as one of the top running backs in the nation after his 228-yard, three-touchdown performance Saturday against Auburn. That game put him at the forefront of the Heisman conversation, as Fournette is regarded as the favorite to win the award, according to Bovada. Fournette may be regarded as one of the most talented individuals in the nation, but Miles said his running back is the ultimate team player.
“The thing that makes him special is he’s a very humble man,” Miles told multiple reporters on Monday. “He’s a great teammate. His teammates enjoy him.
Miles said Fournette is healthy. He left the game Saturday after his 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter with a bruised knee. Miles said Fournette put himself back into the game on special teams after the injury. Even with a large LSU lead and the injury, Fournette still wanted to be on the field.
“As hard as he runs, if he doesn’t get a bruise, there’s something wrong,” Miles said, according to ESPN’s David Ching.
Ohio State is still Bovada’s national title front-runner at 7/4 odds. New Heisman front-runner is Leonard Fournette at 11/2.
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 21, 2015
Miles said Leonard Fournette put himself back in the game on kickoff return after bruising thigh.
— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) September 21, 2015
Les Miles on Fournette bruising his knee on last TD vs. Auburn: "As hard as he runs, if he doesn't get a bruise, there's something wrong."
— David Ching (@ESPNChing) September 21, 2015