BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It has been a foregone conclusion that Leonard Fournette is playing his final year at LSU and Saturday against Florida will likewise be his last home game in Tiger Stadium. However, the junior running back from New Orleans said not so fast.
"I don't know, it's a hard decision," Fournette told the media Tuesday afternoon. "I love college. I love everything it comes with."
Many skeptics may roll their eyes at such a comment, as Fournette is considered a Top 10 pick in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft. Since he arrived at LSU, few people ever believed Fournette would play all four years, but apparently, the choice is really a tough one.
"I mean it really is. Just thinking about everything you're leaving behind," he continued. "But also, you're going to have new things when you go. It's just so much memories and experiences you have if you leave here."
What will he miss about college the most, if he does leave?
"They say college are your best years. Every year I've been here, I've enjoyed it."
It's still been a frustrating year for Fournette. An ankle injury suffered during fall camp in August has lingered all season and caused him to miss three games. What's also been perturbing is national pundits who insist Fournette should sit out the remainder of the year and rest up for the NFL to avoid further injury.
"Most definitely, I could've sat out, but that's not me," Fournette said. "At the end of the day, I believe any athlete or competitor loves to compete no matter what the circumstances. I would never jump ship on those guys in there."
Despite the injury, Fournette is still averaging 133.8 yards rushing this season and ran for a school-record 284 yards against Ole Miss.
The No. 14 Tigers host the No. 18 Gators at 12 p.m. Saturday in Death Valley. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.