Running back Leonard Fournette’s days as a college football player will come to an end after LSU plays in the Citrus Bowl against Louisville.
Fournette announced his intention to enter the 2017 draft with a statement on Monday, although it would be hard to find anyone who thought that the running back would return to Baton Rouge for another season. Fournette ran for 2,987 yards and scored 33 touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Tigers and has added 843 more yards and another score this season.
The numbers for 2016 have been down because of an ankle injury that’s bothered Fournette for much of the season and kept him from playing in four games, but there’s no indication that it should be an issue for him once it comes time to start his professional career.
That should keep him in the mix as a high first round pick, although there’s plenty to play out between now and draft day.