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College football expert thinks Leonard Fournette won’t even lead the SEC in rushing yards

Experts have been pretty much split down the middle on whether or not Leonard Fournette will win the Heisman Trophy this season. But this is a first.

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt says the LSU running back who set the college football world on fire the first half of 2015 and rushed for a season total 1,953 yards and 22 TDs won’t lead the SEC in rushing yards this season. His pick is 6-4, 240 pound Tennessee workhorse Jalen Hurd, who posted 1,285 yards and 12 TDs  last season—-numbers eclipsed by Fournette in his first seven games of 2015.

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Here’s Brandt’s reasoning:

Tennessee’s Jalen Hurd will rush for more yards than LSU star Leonard Fournette. Hurd, a big, physical back, rushed for 1,288 yards last season, when UT had three returning starting offensive linemen. This year, the Vols have four returning O-line starters, and on top of that, he’ll have a left tackle who redshirted last year blocking for him in Drew Richmond, who has the potential to be a very good player.

Good luck on that one.

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