BATON ROUGE, La. — During Wednesday morning’s SEC coaches teleconference, LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron let everyone who hasn’t seen Leonard Fournette practice this week know what was easy for anyone who has seen him to figure out — Fournette is back to full speed and ready for Ole Miss.
“He looks full-speed,” Orgeron said. “But we are going to monitor him for when he does or doesn’t need a break.”
Fournette can cut just fine on his formerly sprained ankle. Conditioning is the only question mark that remains after three weeks without stepping onto a field.
“We asked how he felt with conditioning,” Orgeron said. “He said he’s fine… But we will use a full rotation.”
That’s probably a sound strategy regardless of Fournette’s conditioning. In his absence Derrius Guice became the fastest running back to hit the career 1,000-yard mark at LSU, crossing the plateau on just his 113th carry. Guice is leading the NCAA with an average of 9.1 yards per carry.
Third-string back Darrel Williams will also be part of the rotation against a Rebel defense that has struggled against the run, allowing 212.8 yards per game.