When LSU running back Leonard Fournette comes barreling down the field, defenders are going to want to be prepared.
That wasn’t the case on one play during LSU’s game against Ole Miss on Oct. 22. Fournette hauled in a pass from Danny Etling, then began running down the left sideline. The Tigers RB then trucked through Rebels defensive back Deontay Anderson for a big gain.
On Tuesday night, ESPN Sport Science broke down the analytics behind the big hit delivered by Fournette. You can watch the full segment here.
As seen in the segment, Fournette gets up to 21.1 mph on the play, meaning Anderson needs to be going quite fast to have a chance to stop the LSU back. Instead, Anderson decelerates, using most of his force from his back footing, and is not in a good position to limit Fournette on the play.
We know the result, as Fournette has no issue moving Anderson out of the way to continue his run.
This week, Fournette has an even more challenging opponent: top-ranked Alabama. He struggled against the undefeated Crimson Tide when he faced them last season, rushing for 31 yards on 19 carries.
Fournette will try to fare better when his Tigers (5-2) host Alabama (8-0) on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.