LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said Monday that star running back Leonard Fournette is questionable for Saturday’s game against Southern Miss. Fournette has missed each of the last two games as he continues to nurse a left ankle injury, and was called “questionable at best” for last week’s tilt with Florida before the game was postponed.
Orgeron also discussed the status of injured outside linebacker Corey Thompson, who has yet to step on the field this season due to a knee injury (via Jim Kleinpeter of the Times-Picayune):
“He will be able to play this year; he’s not ready to play yet. We’re going to do more things with him. I spoke to him and his father on the phone. There’s always options. How much are you going to play? Should you use it as a redshirt year. I told his dad, ‘Let’s take it day-by-day. Let’s see if Corey wants to play. How much we’re going to use him.’
Fournette, a junior, has been limited to just three games thus far on the year. He’s rushed 67 times for 386 yards (5.8 yards per carry) with two touchdowns, and has also caught another nine passes for 69 yards. Sophomore Derrius Guice has shouldered most of the rushing load with Fournette sidelined, and he leads the Tigers with 402 yards and four scores of his own.
Thompson sustained a fracture near his ankle in camp on August 10. The senior has spent the majority of his career at safety, but made the full-time switch to outside linebacker during the offseason as LSU transitioned from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4.
Kickoff between the Tigers (3-2) and the Golden Eagles (4-2) is set for 7:30pm ET on Saturday night in Baton Rouge.