Former LSU RB Leonard Fournette got his feet wet Thursday night in the Jaguars’ preseason game against the Patriots.

Fournette carried the ball nine times for 31 yards and a TD, and according to him, adjusting to the speed of the NFL has been a breeze, thanks to playing the SEC, via

“It’s a lot slower than I really thought,” Fournette said. “That’s how I’ve been since I first got into the NFL. A lot of people were like, ‘It’s going to be fast.’ But by me playing in the SEC that kind of helped me a lot. I think to me it was really easy.”

Fournette has never lacked confidence, and the Jaguars feel he’s capable of leading the NFL in rushing during his rookie season. That’s why they drafted him No. 4 overall this spring. Jags head coach Doug Marrone watched Fournette for the first time on the sidelines and saw him have no issue adjusting to the physical NFL game.

“I think you can see he is a powerful kid, powerful running back and I just wanted to make sure about ball security,” Marrone said. “Things like you don’t see when you are at this level, you want to see, obviously it is a physical game, and you want to see how he reacts to it, and he had no issue with that at all.”

While everyone in the football world is watching him adjust in the NFL (some rooting for and others against), pressure is nothing new for Fournette. After all, he was the former No. 1 high school player in the country and arguably the top back in the country at LSU, so adjusting to added pressure isn’t a big issue either, he says.

“I’ve had pressure my whole life,” Fournette said. “I’m built for it. No matter what the circumstances, I’ve never let the game get bigger than me and I’ve always stayed humble. That’s number one.”

No doubt Fournette has all the physical capabilities to be a big-time NFL back, but staying healthy will be paramount in the NFL where the shelf-life of a RB is short-lived.

Here’s Fournette’s first NFL (preseason) TD run: