Heisman Survey: They’re all chasing LSU’s Leonard Fournette

LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) celebrates his second TD of the game Saturday.

Early season college football stats can be misleading because top teams often schedule lesser opponents. At least this year, that cannot be said about the statistics LSU running back Leonard Fournette is compiling.

The Tigers did schedule an opener against McNeese State from the second-tier Championship Subdivision. But storms forced cancellation of that game. Instead, LSU opened with SEC West rivals Mississippi State and Auburn.

All Fournette did was average 193.5 yards in those games, almost 30 yards a game ahead of anyone else in the Bowl Subdivision. His fast start has catapulted the sophomore from New Orleans to the top of the season’s first USA TODAY Sports Heisman Trophy Survey. Fournette earned all but three of the 26 first-place votes from Heisman voters who work for Gannett properties.

“The thing that makes him special is he’s a very humble man,” LSU coach Les Miles said Monday. “He is a great teammate, leader. He wants to achieve as a group and as a team. His teammates enjoy him and root for him to have the kind of days that he’s had.”.

Asked at his weekly press conference about the Heisman talk about Fournette, Miles said: “Yeah, I’m for national awards to our players, and I think Leonard is a good person and somebody who could easily be considered for a number of national awards. That’s not my focus. I think our team recognizes that if we have success and continue to do the things we’re capable of doing, there will be a lot of national awards sprinkled throughout the team. Leonard would be if not the first consideration, maybe the strongest consideration.”.

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Georgia’s Nick Chubb, fourth in the nation at 156 yards a game in three outings, is a distant second but did pick up the other first-place nods. Fournette, who has scored six touchdowns, was left off one ballot.

Two Mississippi players have four points each. Three Notre Dame players received one vote each. Fifteen players received votes, not unusual this early the season.

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