Leonard Fournette’s career at LSU was impressive enough for him to be drafted No. 4 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but one analyst believes Fournette could’ve accomplished much more in the right system.
Marcus Spears played for LSU and is now an analyst for the SEC Network. Spears was asked to compare Fournette to current LSU running back Derrius Guice in a Q&A with NOLA.com’s Ron Higgins, and he said Les Miles did Fournette a “disservice” by not having a creative offense.
“Guice has more dimensions to his game, but Leonard was done a disservice by LSU,” Spears said. “He was good enough to be a superstar in that offense, but my God if he could have been in a creative offense. If he could have gotten the ball more in the open field, he would have broken so many records. Leonard had to create a lot of his runs. It was phenomenal to watch.
“I hated it for Leonard. It wasn’t fair for him. I think a lot of his talent was left on the table, because the offense had no dimensions.”
Spears said Fournette had to deal with several eight-man boxes and often had to break a tackle before getting to the line of scrimmage. He thinks Guice will have more one-on-one opportunities in new offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s offense.
Fournette still put up gaudy numbers during his three years in Baton Rouge, specifically during his sophomore year where he rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns.
When LSU played a great defense like Alabama, Fournette’s numbers were below average due to the Tigers’ limitations in the passing game.
Spears seems more optimistic about LSU’s offense for this year, but it’s hard not to imagine how explosive the offense could have been had Fournette been in a better system.
(h/t SEC Country)