LSU tailback Leonard Fournette is a Heisman Trophy favorite and has drawn numerous comparisons to former college greats such as Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has seen his share of football and urged people to pump the brakes on some of the comparisons.
“I think it’s a little too early to (compare Fournette to Walker and Jackson),” Spurrier said on Tuesday according to The State’s Josh Kendall. “Certainly he could be.”
Spurrier clearly respects the history of college football, but is he right? Walker said last week that Fournette is better than he was in college. That’s high praise considering Walker ran for 5,259 yards and 49 touchdowns in three seasons for Georgia UGA. Bo Jackson is was no slouch either. His 1985 Heisman season was one of the greatest individual seasons for a tailback ever.
Fournette is on pace for 2,376 yards and 30 touchdowns through the regular season. If he stays on that pace, Fournette would finish with the fourth-most rushing yards and the fifth-most touchdowns in a single season. And that’s in only 11 games, as LSU’s season opener against McNeese State was cancelled because of bad weather (though Fournette is likely to have a bowl game to add to his totals, unlike Jackson and Walker because the NCAA didn’t count bowl stats for official records back then).
Fournette may not be better than Walker or Jackson right now, but he has the potential to sit among the conference’s best tailbacks of all time by season’s end.
Steve Spurrier: "I think it’s a little too early to (compare Fournette to Herschel and Bo). Certainly he could be."
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 6, 2015
Steve Spurrier: (Leonard Fournette) is one of the best players in the country, has really good chance to win the Heisman. #LSU
— Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) October 6, 2015