Leonard Fournette looked a bit slower than usual on Monday afternoon. That’s because the real Fournette was in Baton Rouge, while two versions of “Leonard Fournette” — Alabama freshman Ronnie Clark and sophomore Derrick Gore — took the field in Tuscaloosa.
The youngsters were tasked with imitating the LSU star on the scout team, according to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz.
Clark, who also plays defensive back, was a consensus Top 100 player out of Calera, Ala., in 2014. He tore his achilles heel last season and was promptly redshirted.
Gore transferred to ‘Bama this season after spending his freshman year at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.
The pair have 20 yards on eight combined carries this season.
While both are talented, they’ve got a ways to go before being able to master a good Fournette impression. The LSU running back is the runaway favorite for Heisman at this point of the season. He’s run for 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns through seven games, and the Tigers will certainly lean on him in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night (8 pm ET, CBS).
“We thought he was absolutely the best — one of the best — running backs that we’ve ever seen,” Alabama coach Nick Saban — who recruited Fournette in high school — said last week. “He certainly hasn’t done anything to disappoint us in terms of what he’s been able to accomplish as a college player. I think he’s a phenomenal player and maybe one of the most dominant guys in the country relative to what he does.”
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