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.
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.