Leonard Fournette didn’t get to play in the College Football Playoff this season, but there was a silver lining.
LSU’s sophomore running back took home the NCAA rushing title with a 162.8 yards per game average.
Fournette is the first LSU player to ever lead the nation in rushing and the first player from the SEC to do so since Ole Miss’ John “Kayo” Dottley in 1949.
While Fournette edged out Derrick Henry for the yards-per-game crown, the Alabama running back led the nation in rushing yards (2,219) compared to Fournette’s 1,953. Fournette finished third in that category behind Henry and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey (2,019).
Henry finished the season with a 147.9 yards per game average, good for the No. 2 in the nation.
While we await what the future holds for Henry, a junior, we already know that Fournette will be back at LSU for the 2016 football season.
Fournette was in the thick of the Heisman Trophy race for much of the 2015 season, a late-season skid cost him a trip to New York City among the finalists. However, it’s safe to assume that next year the standout LSU running back will be among the preseason favorites, along with McCaffery and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, to bring home the hardware.