Fournette, Jennings to start for LSU vs. Kentucky
On Wednesday evening, Les Miles confirmed what most suspected: Anthony Jennings and Leonard Fournette will be LSU’s starting backfield when they take the field against Kentucky on Saturday.
Speaking to the media after practice on Wednesday, Miles told reporters that Jennings would make his second consecutive start and seventh of the season after taking every snap at quarterback against Florida last week. Jennings was 10-for-21 for 110 yards and a touchdown in the 30-27 win.
Fournette is coming off the best game of his young career, having rushed for 140 yards and making two trips to the end zone, earning himself SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
A few other notes from Miles’ media availabilities on Wednesday:
- With Fournette moving into a starting role, Miles and his staff have given some consideration to removing him from kick return duty. Fournette is averaging 23 yards per runback this season.
- Miles praised SEC commissioner Mike Slive, who on Tuesday announced his plans to retire at the end of the academic year, but brought up some of his old complaints about the permanent opponent that each SEC team has on its schedule. Miles would prefer a rotating schedule, allowing each team to play all 13 SEC opponents in a four-year span.
- A noted turf aficionado, Miles admitted that LSU varies the length it lets the field in Tiger Stadium grow to, sometimes letting it grow longer in the week before a game to provide a real home-field advantage. The team generally prefers it to be shorter to take advantage of its collective speed.