For the Past two years in college football, Leonard Fournette has absolutely dominated other defenses and left plenty of defenders wondering ‘what just happened?’ His LSU Tigers have had a few down seasons and lost their longtime head coach this year as well. After injuries have plagued him this past season, Fournette has decided to enter the upcoming NFL draft this coming spring. It will be no surprise to anyone when this devastating running back gets taken in the first round of next year’s draft. It is a good decision for the young star, as he has been injured a lot over the course of the last season. In this day in age, you have to enter the draft whenever your stock is at its peak and that is now for Fournette.
Coming into the 2016 season, Fournette was on top of everyone's preseason Heisman poles, but a nagging ankle sprain kept him out of many key games throughout the season. That is a huge factor in the junior’s decision to forego his senior year and enter the draft in the spring. It will be tough for this star running back to watch the Heisman trophy presentation from his couch, knowing if he was healthy, he would have been in New York most likely receiving the award himself. Fournette is finally healthy again and recently said he will play in the teams bowl game in a few weeks, against Louisville in Orlando, FL. That is good news for any LSU fan who is feeling down and out this year.
Fournette was the top recruit coming out of High School in 2014 and immediately showed college football fans why that was the case. Fournette went 0-3 against rival Alabama and was never able to win an SEC championship in his career at LSU. "When I decided to attend LSU and major in Human Resources, I also had hopes of winning a national championship," Fournette wrote in his goodbye letter. "Things did not go as I planned, but when I consider the passion and commitment of the LSU fans, coaches and my teammates, I am still very grateful for my experience here."
This young star has proved he is a great teammate and a great leader on and off the field. His presence in the LSU backfield will be greatly missed. If he would have stayed healthy throughout his college career, many people think he would have been the best running back ever. That was not the case and now Fournette will move up and will be haunting defenders in the NFL from now on. Fournette is projected as a top-15 pick in the draft, set for April 27-29 in Philadelphia. He's likely to be the top running back in the class. Soon he will be with a new team and will have a fresh start once again. This young star has a bright future and fans everywhere will be watching to see where he lands in the NFL.