There is no arguing that new LSU running backs coach Jabbar Juluke has some mighty big shoes to fill.
Juluke, who was hired over the weekend to replace former running backs coach Frank Wilson, will assume some of the New Orleans recruiting responsibilities held by his predecessor and, of course, coach LSU’s talent-laden backfield.
The latter has presented the greatest challenge for Juluke, who told 104.5 FM’s Culotta & The Prince that his top priority is making rising junior running back Leonard Fournette … better.
“As far as football goes, we want to clean up anything he’s done in the past and make him better. That’s going to be a daunting task,” Juluke said. “The young man does everything extremely well.”
Like Wilson, Juluke spent many years coaching in the New Orleans high school ranks.
During that time, Juluke met a 5-year-old Fournette.
The coach and player developed a bond that lasted through Fournette’s time at St. Augustine High School (New Orleans), which is Juluke’s alma mater.
Juluke wound up coaching against Fournette as the coach of Edna Karr High School, also in New Orleans, but is grateful for the opportunity to coach the Heisman Trophy hopeful.
LSU’s new running backs coach also mentioned that Fournette has been in his ear asking about former Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon, who played under Juluke and is now preparing for the 2016 NFL Draft.
“(Fournette) is asking questions already, asking questions about Kenneth Dixon, who I dearly love and understood the relationship I had with (him),” Juluke said. “At some point, I’m going to get he and Kenneth together so they can communicate about the process Kenneth is going through now.”