NASHVILLE, TN (WAFB) - LSU fans who aren't second-guessing John Chavis' defense against Notre Dame in what turned out to be his last game for the Tigers, are probably wondering a lot about the use or lack of use of No. 7 on offense.
Freshman tailback Leonard Fournette, the top recruit in America a year ago, had a whale of a game, scoring three touchdowns. His runs to pay dirt included two back-breaking long touchdowns against the Fighting Irish.
He also had a 100-yard kickoff return, the first for LSU since 1981 and the fourth longest running play in Tigers' history with this subsequent 89-yard rushing touchdown that gave the Tigers the lead in the second half.
However, even with all his 264 all-purpose yards and three scores, there were still plenty of questions as to why he got just 11 carries from scrimmage and didn't get a chance to score a fourth touchdown at the end of the first half, when Les Miles and the Tigers instead opted to run quarterback Anthony Jennings and a third-string walk-on quarterback on a fake field goal.
"Just getting better for next season," Fournette said after the game. "We have a long way to go because a couple of people are leaving, so a lot of young guys have to step up to the plate now."
Leonard, did you want the ball more, because you only had 11 carries?
"It was a bowl game. I really wanted Kenny and them to get the most touches, because it was their last game ever and they're going on to the real world now. So, I just wanted them to have fun and go out with the 'W.' The loss hurts. You know, overall preparation - sometimes, you see what's going on on the field, but outside in practice we put in so much work. That's why it really hurts how it does," he answered.
Fournette finished the season with 1,034 yards rushing, the most ever by an LSU freshman. He also scored 10 touchdowns.