LSU's Fournette shows he's doesn't belong in college football
The LSU running back made that apparent, showing he's NFL ready in the Texas Bowl in Houston Tuesday night with his Tigers taking a 56-27 win over Texas Tech.
Unfortunately, Fournette, a true sophomore, has one more season to play for the Tigers until he is able to be eligible to declare for the NFL draft.
LSU scored 56 points in the game against the Red Raiders -- the new school record for points scored in a bowl game -- with Fournette being directly responsible for 30 of those points with his four rushing touchdowns along with one receiving touchdown. The points scores was a Texas Bowl record for an individual player. With his third rushing touchdown in the third quarter, Fournette set a LSU record with 21 rushing touchdowns on the season -- finishing his season with 22 on the year with his fifth score of the game in the fourth quarter.
"This is a night that Leonard Fournette would have again, again and again. I wouldn't call it routine because he's not a routine runner, he's a special back," LSU head coach Les Miles said. "We would expect him to have nights like this. He's fast, he's strong, and capable. He's one of the more competitive men I know, he wanted to win this game, no doubt."
While LSU fans are excited to see their star running back return for another season, the average pro-football career for a running back is about three years, meaning Fournette could likely be taking years off making millions in the NFL. The rules aren't likely to change in time to make a difference for Fournette, so the running back is looking forward to another season in Baton Rouge and wanting to go for a championship.