One of the more head-scratching happenstances during Week 2 came from one of the most touted signees in a decade.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette was mentioned by many observers during the preseason (guilty) as being someone who could potentially become the first true freshman to not only make the mid-December trip to New York City for the Heisman ceremony but possibly claim the stiff-armed trophy. Of course, that was absurd hype on many levels, as evidenced by his 18 yards on eight carries in the opener against Wisconsin.
A week later, however, Fournette had a mini-breakout, rushing for 92 yards on 13 carries against overmatched Sam Houston State. He also scored his first collegiate touchdown in that game, which triggered, well, this:
Yep, that’s a Heisman pose from Fournette after scoring a touchdown against an FCS foe… and mildly irritating his head coach in the process. And after that head coach, in the run-up to the Week 2 game, requested the media tap the brakes on the rampant Heisman talk when it came to Fournette.
During the weekly SEC head coaches teleconference Wednesday, Les Miles stated that the pose has been addressed on multiple fronts and is in the rear-view mirror.
“There’s an appropriate time for that,” Miles said. “It will always be viewed in the interest of the team. Leonard certainly understands that. He addressed the team and described that’s something he wishes he had not done… He’s right on pace.
“One thing about him: he truly is a humble guy. There’s nobody that works harder, there’s nobody that learns as fast. We would expect that he would have really a great campaign in his true freshman year.”
In other words, lesson learned. Let’s all move on. And ratchet down the hype a level or two along the way.