Update 4:00 MT: LSU running back Leonard Fournette has been ruled out for Week 2 versus Jacksonville State, according to Bryan Lazare of TigerBait.com
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LSU Tigers prized running back Leonard Fournette sustained an ankle injury during the team’s Week 1 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers. Head coach Les Miles is pegging his tailback as a question mark for Week 2 versus Jacksonville State, and won’t know until gameday if Fournette will be a full go.
LSU’s work horse suffered an injury to the same ankle back in summer camp, though Miles doesn’t believe the current issue is a long-term problem.
Despite dropping the opener to the Badgers, Fournette enjoyed a very Fournette-like day as he rushed for 138 yards on 23 carries and also added 38 yards on three receptions. The rest of the Tiger skill-position players? 81 yards combined.
The Tigers methodical offense could have the luxury of letting Fournette recovery and give the rest of the group time to gel. Jacksonville State heads to the Bayou, and, despite the ‘hangover’ effect that LSU may endure, a la coming off a huge Week 1 loss, it should take care of business.
The only potential downfall here comes more on the personal side. Aside from Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson, LSU’s running back was next in the pecking order in the preseason Heisman odds. He got off to a noteworthy start versus the Badgers and may bypass the opportunity to pad his stats before LSU opens up conference play in the SEC, where the competition will be a little bit more stiff.
Fournette or not, the Tigers need to take Week 2 as an opportunity to flex their muscles and get on the same page offensively — last week was far from pretty for offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.