The 2016 Citrus Bowl will be the last time that Leonard Fournette suits up for LSU.
The talented Tigers tailback will be heading for the NFL Draft next spring. That’s the news from Baton Rouge after Fournette, a junior, declared for the pros on Monday afternoon via his personal Twitter account.
Forever LSU, Forever Buganation pic.twitter.com/sdkN0JaonF— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) December 5, 2016
Fournette leaves LSU as one of its most talented running backs in program history. He set the single-season rushing record for yards and touchdowns as a sophomore with 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns, nearly 300 yards more than the mark that Charles Alexander set back in 1977 and three more touchdowns than LaBrandon Toefield’s mark of 19 in 2001.
He will finish fourth on the career rushing leaderboard no barring an insane performance in the Citrus Bowl as he stands at 3,830 yards, a mark that trails only Alexander, Dalton Hilliard and Kevin Faulk. Fournette has 40 career touchdowns, tied for third-most all time with Alexander, four behind Hilliard and six behind Faulk.
Needless to say, Fournette made a substantial impact as a Tiger and will be remembered as one of LSU’s greatest running backs ever. Best of luck to him in the next stage of his career.