RSP Film Room No.16: LSU RB Leonard Fournette


Post-holiday weeks are always a difficult transition back to a real world schedule. I have multiple guests I’ve invited to join me in the RSP Film Room, but I didn’t invite anyone for this week. Being it was a solo gig, I took a half-hour to check out freshman running back sensation Leonard Fournette, whom the Sporting News college football preview magazine said was the best back to enter college football in a decade.

I can’t say I came away nearly as impressed as the recruiting analysts. At 6-1, 230 pounds, Fournette is powerful and has decent control of his feet to slide to an open crease and earn yards after contact. However, he’s not a dynamic runner with multiple dimensions when it comes to bouncing plays outside or creating against defensive penetration.

Fournette is a big, strong downhill punisher with enough agility to exploit a overaggressive defense with the occasional cutback. As fun as this freshman is to watch trucking a safety, I’m not sold his running style and athleticism fits “the next special back” label assigned to him out of high school.

See for yourself.

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2 responses to “RSP Film Room No.16: LSU RB Leonard Fournette”

  1. I’d love to hear your thoughts on Jalen Hurd. He still runs a little too upright, but I really think he could end up being a truly special talent.

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