BATON ROUGE, La. — It’s been a rarity in Leonard Fournette’s football career that he is not successful at something.
Consider LSU’s infamous Big Cat drills as somewhat of an outlier.
The pre-practice drill pinning an offensive and defensive player against one another to jumpstart the practice is something Fournette thoroughly enjoys. But while No. 7 is often the most active participant, it’s a drill he’s only participated in once.
“That’s a blessing,” Fournette said Tuesday after LSU wrapped up its 13th spring practice.
“To me, in Big Cat, they always cheat the offense. I hate getting cheated. Coach (Les) Miles is always on their side, and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
It’s not that Fournette hasn’t been tested in the drill before.
As a freshman in 2014, Fournette lined up against linebacker D.J. Welter, though the results were not to the running back’s liking.
For now, the Heisman Trophy hopeful is perfectly fine being a spectator, even if his career comes to a close with a losing record.
“I got in there one time, my freshman year, against D.J. and I lost,” Fournette recalled. “I lost terribly. I’d rather stay 0-1.”
Fournette would make an exception, though.
A smiling No. 7 indicated that if he were to return to the Big Cat drill, the one player he’d prefer to line up against would be Duke Riley.
The reason is why is quite simple.
“Because he’s aggravating,” Fournette explained. “He talks more than me. He just does it on the (down low).”