LSU RB Leonard Fournette goes under the ESPN “Sports Science” microscope
Need even more mathematical and scientific evidence to prove the greatness of LSU running back Leonard Fournette? Well, ESPN’s “Sports Science” just came out with the perfect video for you.
The “Sports Science” team put the sophomore tailback into the lab and broke down what makes him great at a scientific and geometric level. Fournette sits as the Heisman Trophy favorite after running for 1,022 yards and 12 touchdowns through LSU’s first five games of the season. Now science can explain what makes Fournette so good.
According to “Sports Science’s” John Brenkus, Fournette makes his cuts in just 0.2 seconds, which Brenkus said is approximately twice as fast as the blink of an eye. That speed compares to one of the best running backs of all time: Adrian Peterson. No joke. It gets even crazier.
Get your physics textbooks ready, Tigers fans. Brenkus said that when Fournette cuts, he plants his foot with about 4 Gs of acceleration, which enables him to maintain about 85 percent of his linear speed while making hits cuts.
Don’t forget about Fournette’s getaway speed. Wonder why Fournette was able to outrun two South Carolina defensive backs on his 87-yard touchdown run last week? Brenkus said it was because Fournette topped out at a speed of 20.5 miles per hour during the run. That’s right, Fournette would have been pulled over in a school speed zone.
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