As LSU looks to bounce back from a Week 1 loss that left Les Miles squarely on the hot seat in some eyes, the Tigers may have to do so without the services of the best running back in the country.
In the season-opening loss to Wisconsin last Saturday, Leonard Fournette sustained an injury to his left ankle late in the contest. Miles stated in the aftermath of the loss that the injury to the back’s ankle, the same ankle he injured during summer camp, wasn’t believed to be serious.
It might be serious enough that it’ll keep Fournette out of the home opener this weekend, though, as Miles stated in a video posted to the team’s official website that “we won’t know until game day” whether the All-American will be a go or no-go.
As LSU’s Week 2 matchup is against FCS Jacksonville State, the Tigers can very comfortably err on the side of caution when it comes to Fournette. LSU will open up SEC play the following weekend against Mississippi State, giving additional incentive to taking the cautious approach with the linchpin of the offense.
As a matter of fact, in the Week 1 loss, Fournette was essentially the Tigers’ entire offense.
Fournette rushed for 138 yards on 23 carries and also added 38 yards on three receptions. The rest of the Tiger skill-position players combined for 81 yards.