By Andrew Alexander, DIG Sports Editor
It was only a matter of time before LSU’s sophomore running back “Fournetted” Eastern Michigan Saturday in Death Valley.
Nursing a six point halftime lead, the Tigers needed an offensive spark to separate themselves from a peskier-than-anticipated Eastern Michigan squad. Entering the third quarter Leonard Fournette had only rushed for a paltry 93 yards and one touchdown.
Twelve seconds into the second half, 93 became 168, as the New Orleans native ripped off a 75-yard run to put the Tigers up by two scores.
“Leonard is liable to do something like that at any time,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “There is not a time when you hand him the ball that he doesn’t have an opportunity to hit a homerun. I anticipate those kind of things will happen.”
The only surprising element of the entire sequence was that it took Fournette twelve whole seconds to run 75-yards, considering he ran a 10.68-second 100 meter dash his junior year of high school.
Thought Buga was faster than that *wink.*
Fournette’s 75-yard touchdown run helped propel the sophomore sensation to his record third-straight 200+ yard rushing game, becoming the first player in Southeastern Conference history to achieve such a feat.
Think about that for a moment – Fournette achieved something last Saturday that SEC greats Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson and Darren McFadden failed to accomplish.
“It’s nice to have a running back that sets an all-time SEC record,” Miles said. “That’s Leonard Fournette.”
Fournette was unaware of his historical accomplishment until Miles informed him.
“It’s a special feeling,” Fournette said. “Just knowing that we made history as a unit. It’s not just me. They made history with me. I congratulate [the offensive line] and thank them for protecting me and blocking for me.”
Not only are Fournette’s 864 rushing yards through the first four games of the season the most in school history, but it’s also the most yards nationally through four games since 2000.
As the Heisman talk surrounding Leonard Fournette continues to heat up, it’s only fitting the sophomore running back surpassed the only LSU player to brandish college football’s most hallowed award on the school’s all-time career rushing list this past weekend.
After amassing 233 yards against Eastern Michigan, Fournette sits at No. 14 on LSU’s all-time career rushing list with 1,898 yards, one spot ahead of Billy Cannon (1,867).
It’s easy to poke holes in LSU’s performance against a presumed non-conference pushover Saturday night. The Tigers slept walked through Saturday’s contest, displaying minimal focus in several facets of the game but still won because of superior talent and No. 7.
With the uncanny knack for covering-up the shortcomings of an entire team on any given night, Fournette is the ultimate eraser in college football. And according to one teammate, the best is yet to come.
“The more comfortable [Fournette] gets, the more freakish and electric he gets as a player,” senior offensive tackle Vadal Alexander said. “He’s very comfortable with the offense this year. He’s great at pass protection. He’s great running-wise and he’s great at seeing holes obviously. The more comfortable he gets and the more comfortable we get with each other as an offensive line, the better he will be.”
How much more “freakish and electric” can Fournette get? Tune into Saturday’s tilt against the South Carolina Gamecocks and find out.