Leonard Fournette might be the $20 Million Insurance Man as well as one of a handful of preseason Heisman contenders, but the star LSU running back is not above a little public “encouragement” from his head coach.
During an appearance on the Paul Finebaum Show Thursday, Les Miles, of course, praised Fournette for the kind of teammate he is and his leadership. Where Miles raised some eyebrows, though, was the coach very publicly stating that Fournette was about 10 pounds heavier in the spring than the football program would like.
“Leonard was 235 to 233 or so during spring; we want him right around 225 so his strength and speed are maximized,” Miles said. “He’s an elite guy and he wants to be an elite body as he goes into fall. Certainly this summer will provide him with that opportunity.”
If Miles was looking to send a message, consider it delivered.
I lost that weight for you big man @LSUCoachMiles
— 7⃣ (@_fournette) May 13, 2016
Last season as a sophomore, Fournette led the nation in rushing yards per game (162.8), nearly 15 yards per game ahead of No. 2 Derrick Henry of Alabama (147.9). Fournette’s expected to skip his senior season and make himself available for the 2017 NFL draft, where he’s expected to be a Top-10 selection.