Was Leonard Fournette trying too hard against Alabama?
That’s the opinion of SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy.
During an interesting clip that runs nearly three minutes long, McElroy breaks down what went wrong for the LSU running back against the Crimson Tide’s defense during the Tigers’ 10-0 loss last Saturday. McElroy makes his argument with film that shows Fournette missing holes, all openings that would have led to damage for an LSU offense that struggled throughout the night at Tiger Stadium.
Here’s the juicy part of McElroy’s comments:
“Leonard Fournette understands this was going to be the most important game of the year in regards to his evaluation from NFL talent executives,” McElroy said. “As a result, he was pressing. He missed a number of holes. I counted at least five in the first half alone in which he left yards on the field.
“Leonard Fournette is one of the best in the business. But he has to learn to allow his blocks to set up and not try to hit the home run every single play.”
That’s good advice. After Alabama’s latest victory over LSU, it’s obvious the Crimson Tide are in Fournette’s head. He was held to a season-low 35 yards on 17 carries this past weekend. And remember last year, when had 31 yards on 19 carries in a loss at Bryant-Denny Stadium?
Fournette knows frustration all too well against Alabama.