There’s no doubt whom LSU fans are thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Tailback Leonard Fournette has been LSU’s best player all season and has carried the Tigers at times.
Fournette has tapered off lately, but the sophomore has been one of the best players in the country. He leads the nation in rushing with 1,582 yards and is tied for fourth with 17 rushing touchdowns.
LSU’s 7-0 start was mainly due to Fournette’s incredible performance; in that span, he ran for 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns. Fournette was the leading Heisman Trophy candidate for much of the season and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine.
Fournette has provided some of the greatest moments of the 2015 season. Plays like this one against Auburn will be cherished forever in LSU lore.
One of Fournette’s most memorable moments wasn’t even on the field. Following LSU’s 45-24 win over South Carolina, Fournette announced during a postgame interview he would auction off his jersey to help the victims of the widespread flooding throughout South Carolina.
Fournette’s game-worn jersey, plus two helmets signed by Les Miles and Steve Spurrier, sold for $101,000. Through that gesture, he showed he was an even better person off the gridiron than he was on the field.
Nobody knows where LSU would find itself without Fournette. The best part is that Tigers fans will get to watch him for at least one more season. Fournette will have a tough act to follow, but if anyone is capable of a resounding encore, it’s No. 7.
Tigers fans should give a toast to their star running back when they get ready to carve the turkey on Thursday.