Leonard Fournette says he was 'out of shape,' still rehabbing injury in record-breaking performance
The only thing more mind-blowing than Leonard Fournette‘s record-breaking performance against Ole Miss was his comment after the game.
“I’m out of shape,” LSU’s junior running back told reporters. “I’m, like, 230 to 233 right now, so, over these two weeks, man, getting myself back in shape. Also, rehabbing my ankle and getting into it.”
To think Fournette wasn’t operating at full speed against the Rebels makes his outing even more impressive. He rushed for a program-record 284 yards on just 16 carries to lift the No. 25 Tigers to a 38-21 win against No. 23 Ole Miss, injecting himself into the Heisman Trophy race.
An ankle injury Fournette sustained in fall camp — which he classified as a bone bruise — has forced him to miss three games this season. The Ole Miss game was his first action since aggravating the injury against Auburn on Sept. 24, so that might explain why he feels he’s out of shape.
With a visit from No. 1 Alabama looming after both teams open date this Saturday, Fournette will want to get back to full health and peak physical conditions. The Crimson Tide bottled him up in last season’s meeting, effectively ending his Heisman campaign.