LSU’s Leonard Fournette gets several first-place Heisman votes: “He deserved it”
LSU running back Leonard Fournette failed to make it to the Heisman Trophy ceremony after looking like a shoo-in one month ago.
Still, the Tigers star got a surprising number of first-place votes despite falling into the shadow of Alabama running back — and Heisman winner — Derrick Henry.
Baton Rouge Advocate writer Scott Rabalais was one of 10 voters to give Fournette his or her top vote.
“I wanted Fournette to have at least one first place vote,” Rabalais tweeted after the ceremony. “He deserved it.”
The sophomore also received 25 second-place votes and 30 third-place votes, giving him 110 total points in the balloting. That put him sixth behind Henry (1,832), Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (1,539), Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (1,165), Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (334) and Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds (180).
Fournette currently places seventh in SEC history with 1,741 rushing yards this season.