Sports Illustrated has spoken. And they have named Leonard Fournette the top college football player in the country.
“In terms of pure dominance, no player matches the brute force of Leonard Fournette,” Sports Illustrated writes. “As a sophomore in 2015 Fournette led the FBS in rushing yards per game (162.8) and finished third in total rushing yards with 1,953. That total, as well as Fournette’s 22 rushing touchdowns, both set LSU single-season records. Oh, and the 6-foot-1, 230-pound brick wall bounced off defenders for a startling 6.5 yards per carry. In two years Fournette is already fourth on the Tigers’ career rushing chart (2,987 yards), and he’ll enter 2016 as a preseason first-team All-America certainty. If starting a college football team from scratch, one would be remiss to not pick Fournette with the first-overall selection.”
The LSU running back took the nation by storm last year and quickly became a front runner for the Heisman with his explosive runs and gaudy stat totals. LSU’s fall off at the end of the season might have been the only reason Fournette did not pull away from the field.
That was about the only field Fournette could not run away from.
He is largely considered a front runner for the Heisman this year again and the Tigers have a championship-quality team to keep him in the national spotlight too.
Fournette seems always to rise to the top in these preseason player rankings.