LSU fans can begin to breath a sigh of relief, as it was learned stud running back Leonard Fournette is out of his boot and ran during practice Tuesday—as Ross Dellenger of The Advocate reported on Twitter.
Miles confirms that #LSU RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) is out of his walking boot & was "running today."
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 24, 2016
As you’re probably well aware, the Heisman Trophy candidate injured his ankle in practice last week. For a team that has been ravaged by injuries and defections thus far in camp, the health of Fournette is paramount to the success the Tigers have this season.
Fournette, a 6’1”, 230-pound junior back from New Orleans, Louisiana is coming off a monster sophomore campaign in which at times he looked like the Heisman frontrunner. He rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns on a whopping 300 carries. Fournette also registered 19 receptions for an additional 46 yards and a touchdown.
For his career, Fournette has rushed for 2,987 yards and 32 touchdowns on 487 carries..
It’s been an eventful offseason for LSU coach Les Miles and the Tigers, as Miles nearly lost his job when some LSU officials wanted him ousted. Also, the program has had to deal with a state budget crisis.
Miles, 62, has been at LSU for the last 11 years and has compiled an 110-32 record (60-27 in the SEC) at the school. He has led the Tigers to a bowl game in each season he has been coach, including taking LSU to two national championships and winning the 2007 BCS title game. Prior to LSU,
LSU finished 9-3 (5-3 in the SEC) last season while beating Texas Tech in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl.
The Tigers will open their season when they play Wisconsin at legendary Lambeau Field on September 3