NFL analyst Lance Zierlein made a bold comparison involving LSU running back Leonard Fournette in his latest “Dare to Compare” article on NFL.com.
Fournette has received a lot of attention this week after returning from injury to rush for an LSU single-game record 284 yards last week against Ole Miss.
Zierlein had this to say about Fournette as part of his overall evaluation:
He uses his brute force as a form of intimidation and as a tool in breaking tackles to churn out more yardage. Fournette runs with powerful leg drive and has become much better at running behind his pads rather than running upright, which he did at times as a freshman in 2014.
Zierlein all but admits he was tempted to compare Fournette to Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, which would have been quite the compliment. But he went a different route instead and it’s hard to argue with the comparison when you think it over.
Zierlein says Fournette is the next Bo Jackson.
Jackson is the fourth-leading rusher in SEC history having gained 4,303 yards in his career in the early 1980s. Fournette is within striking distance when it comes to surpassing Jackson on the conference’s career rushing list.