Leonard Fournette was once the heavy favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. Now, the sophomore tailback won’t even be invited to the Heisman ceremony in New York City.
Alabama tailback Derrick Henry, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford tailback Christian McCaffrey were the three finalists announced for the award.
Fournette finished the season with 1,741 yards and 18 touchdowns and led the nation with an average of 158.3 yards per game. He also broke LSU’s single-season rushing record previously held by Charles Alexander’s 1977 campaign.
However, that wasn’t enough to overcome a three-game slump that doomed his chances. Fournette rushed for 230 yards and two touchdowns during LSU’s three losses to Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss. As Fournette struggled, Henry thrived and usurped Fournette as the Heisman favorite.
Although Fournette wasn’t named a finalist this year, he will likely be one of the favorites to win the award next season. Nonetheless, plays like the one below are reasons why Fournette was one of the best tailbacks in the country this season.
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Leonard Fournette TD run and Tray Matthews flip https://t.co/gpbsD9EiW6
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 19, 2015