LSU running back Leonard Fournette is set to return for the team’s Saturday, October 8 game against the Florida Gators, head coach Ed Orgeron told ESPN on Sunday.
Fournette did not dress for Saturday night’s win over Missouri as he continues to recover from a lingering injury to his left ankle, which he originally sprained during the preseason. He has since reinjured it twice during the regular season – first in the team’s season-opener against Wisconsin and, later, in Week 4 against Auburn.
This is the second game Fournette has missed on account of his hindered ankle this season. He also sat out of the team’s Week 2 win against Jacksonville State.
Even without their Heisman Trophy candidate, the Tigers put up 42 points and 634 yards against Missouri on Saturday. Their 634 offensive yards were the most in school history for a conference game as well.
LSU is now 3-2 and 2-1 in SEC play in what has been a disappointing start to the season. Orgeron was coaching in his first game for LSU after Les Miles was fired following the team’s Week 4 loss to Auburn.
So far in 2016, Fournette has 386 rushing yards while averaging 5.8 yards per carry. In 2015, he ran for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry while the performance led to a sixth-place finish in the Heisman Trophy voting last season.
Even with their dominating win over Missouri, LSU remains unranked in the latest iteration of the Coaches Poll. On Saturday, the Tigers will take on No. 18 Florida as a win will likely vault the school back into the rankings.