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April 16, 2016: LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) during the LSU Tigers spring game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire)

LSU’s Leonard Fournette becomes fastest to eclipse 3,000-yard mark

Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire

Despite being bottled up in what was a scoreless first half for the No. 5 LSU Tigers on the road in Lambeau Field against the Wisconsin Badgers, Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette became the fastest player to 3,000 rushing yards:

In the first half, Fournette received 11 carries and gained 35 yards on the ground for a sputtering Tigers’ offense. The one time he had space, was on an interception thrown by quarterback Brandon Harris at the end of the first half where he slammed the Wisconsin defender to the turf.

Fournette becomes the fourth LSU running back in school history to rush for at least 3,000 yards and he has potentially two more seasons of eligibility (although it seems increasingly unlikely he would return for his senior season), joining Kevin Faulk, Dalton Hilliard and Charles Alexander in Tigers lore.

Among many prognosticators Heisman Trophy lists to start the season, the man-child of the LSU backfield comes into the year with sky-high expectations. After being eased into his freshman season, where he would score 10 touchdowns and rush for over 1,000 yards, Fournette exploded during his sophomore year last season, putting himself at the forefront of Heisman discussions before the Tigers went on a three-game losing streak.

Last year, Fournette finished with 1,953 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns on the ground (adding a receiving touchdown to his total as well), averaging 6.4 yards every time he carried the ball. For the level of play he’s subjected to on a weekly basis in the SEC, what Fournette has been able to – and how quickly and with an apparent ease of dominance – has many anticipating the LSU running back being among the first picks taken overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, despite the pro game’s transition towards a more air-based attack.

LSU’s Leonard Fournette becomes fastest to eclipse 3,000-yard mark

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