According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, LSU running back Leonard Fournette has been listed as “very doubtful” for Saturday’s matchup against the Missouri Tigers.
The junior tailback suffered an ankle injury last weekend versus Auburn during the Tigers’ final drive. The loss in the waning seconds pits LSU at an even 2-2 heading into the evening.
The Tigers look light years away from contending for a playoff spot at the calendar flips to October. Furthermore, barring a string of miraculous stat lines, Fournette’s potential absence on Saturday may ultimately cut him from the Heisman Trophy race. The running back opened up the season with 138 yards on 23 carries in a Week 1 loss to Wisconsin, but a setback kept him from playing the following game versus Jacksonville State. Fournette has posted 249 rushing yards and a pair of scores the last two weeks.
Fournette being listed as “very doubtful” for Saturday also adds another wrinkle to the questions surrounding LSU’s offense. Head coach Les Miles was fired last week, as was offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. That leaves Ed Orgeron as the fill in.
“You can expect a new coaching staff, a new style of play on offense,” Orgeron said at his introductory press conference on Monday. “Obviously we don’t have a lot of time to change things, but we are going to tweak things around.”
Quarterback and Purdue transfer Danny Etling has stepped in under center and will look to get the passing game going, something that could very well happen at home versus a suspect Missouri defense.