LSU has at least 4 Running Backs that could maybe start at most schools around the country.
Of course, the best of the lot is Leonard Fournette the Heisman hopeful and obviously he would start anywhere unless some coach just prefers Dalvin Cook or some other Running Back.
Unless you’ve been in a row boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for the past couple of years and you’ve missed the media blitz you may not know that Leonard Fournette was the top recruit in the country in 2014.
Fournette has live up to every bit of that hype and after rushing for over 1,000 yards as a true freshman, he was the Heisman front runner as a sophomore.
The national media just lost it at that point and proclaimed Fournette king of the world.
Then, Alabama happened.
The Alabama defense without much of a passing game to worry about totally dominated the game holding Fournette to 31 rushing yards total. That killed Fournette’s Heisman chances and almost completely ended the media attention.
Leonard Fournette still ran for 1,953 yards and 22 Touchdowns.
After the 2016 season, Fournette will no doubt declare for the NFL and he may even still win the Heisman Trophy.
He is, without a doubt, one of the top college football players in America and an outstanding Running Back. He has it all. He is big, fast, strong and he has all of the intangibles that a great Running Back possesses.
Then, there’s sophomore Derrius Guice.
Guice was the 8th rated Running Back in the nation coming out of high school according to ESPN. He’s a home town product coming out of Baton Rouge Catholic. The list of players coming out of this school is long, but the top names might be Warrick Dunn, Travis Minor and Major Applewhite.
LSU and Les Miles love the big backs, and Guice is 5-11, 225. The best word coming to mind to describe Guice is ferocious. He is fast enough, but he runs with passion and breaks one tackle after another while inflicting pain on his opponents. He runs angry.
scored 3 Touchdowns. Don’t get out the old calculator, that’s 8.55 yards per carry.
Fournette will leave after next season as everyone does in these times in pursuit of the almighty dollar. At the moment, Derrius Guice looks like the man that will take over as the starter.
But, don’t rule out Darrel Williams.
You’ve got to admire a Running Back in a recruiting class that is brave enough to go to the same school as the top Running Back recruit in the country. Darrel Williams was the lowest rated player in the 2014 recruiting class. He was a 3 star coming out of Marrero, Louisiana’s John Ehret High School.
The state of Louisiana has produced more NFL players than any other state per capita in the entire country. If a football program anywhere in the nation does not have a coach assigned to recruit Louisiana, they are making a huge mistake. John Ehret High School has produced NFL players
Kordell Stewart, Reggie Wayne and Drake Nevis.
In the 2014 season, even with Leonard Fournette, Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard on the roster, true freshman Darrel Williams was still good enough to warrant 64 rushing attempts which he turned into 302 yards and 3 Touchdowns. Terrence Magee plays for the Baltimore Ravens and Kenny Hilliard is with the Houston Texans. Even back up Running Backs at LSU get chances at the NFL.
Williams is 6-0, 230 and is a talent in his own right. Don’t count him out as Fournette’s replacement, because this guy can play.
Nick Brossette hasn’t been able to show it yet, but he could play for a lot of teams and he should prove it in time. Brossette, like Guice, is a home town guy. Also, like Darrel Williams, admiration is deserved for a recruit that is willing to sign with a school that already has Leonard Fournette, Darrel Williams, and Derrius Guice.
Maybe the LSU coaches should have redshirted Brossette. He only received 12 carries which he turned into 65 yards rushing. But, Brossette was a 4 star recruit out of Baton Rouge University Laboratory School. He fits the mold at 6-0, 220 and he will earn playing time if not injured along the
Schools were offering Lanard Fournette several years ago to get ahead of the game in acquiring the services of his older brother Leonard. Younger brother Lanard is not quite like Leonard. He was a 3 star recruit and listed at 5-10, 185 which might be a stretch. Programs like Alabama and many others offered Lanard most likely to get an inside spot with Leonard. But, it didn’t work.
Lanard Fournette may have a burst that none of the other Running Backs have. Lanard redshirted as a true freshman and hasn’t had a chance to show what he can do yet. But, in the Spring Game he showed that speed and athletic ability. Possibly, Lanard Fournette will be a third down back in the future for the Tigers.
If there is another better group of Running Backs on any other team in the country please point them out.