Todd Gurley shares his thoughts on Leonard Fournette playing or sitting out junior season
To play or not to play, that is America’s favorite question for LSU running Leonard Fournette, many scouts’ No. 1 overall prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft (the first year he’s eligible).
Former Georgia standout Todd Gurley, one of the favorites to win the NFL’s Rookie of the Year honor this season, believes Fournette should play his junior season in Baton Rouge instead of sitting out to avoid injury.
“Come back and play, man,” Gurley told 99.9 The Fan’s Big GameDay on Saturday, according to Will Brinson of CBS Sports. “We don’t care about all that, just waiting to go play for the NFL. We’re football players. We’ve been playing this game for our whole life for free or with money. We don’t care about that. We play for the love of the game.”
Gurley’s thoughts may come as a surprise considering he returned to Athens for his junior campaign only to tear his ACL and battle through a lengthy rehab process last season. It didn’t affect this draft stock however after he was picked up by the St. Louis Rams in the first round.
Last month, a report surfaced indicating that Fournette was looking into an insurance policy in case he does indeed return and suffers a serious injury. According to LSU coach Les Miles, the thought of his best player skipping his junior season is a bit far-fetched.
“To me, there’s a lot of people out there stirring the pot,” Miles said. “I can’t possibly imagine that Leonard would be sitting anywhere inactive for a fall. What if he’s got goals to be one of the greatest backs in college football history? What if he’s got goals to graduate? What if he really enjoys his teammates? What if he is serious about getting his degree? What if somebody talks about those things enough to make a big mess.”