LSU running back Leonard Fournette will be taking his talents to the NFL after his team's bowl game.
LSU star running back Leonard Fournette, one of the most feared backs in college football, will be playing his final game for the Tigers this December. Fournette announced on Monday afternoon that after participating in his team's Citrus Bowl contest against Louisville, he'll declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. Fournette will most likely be one of the top tailbacks taken.
Fournette broke the news via Twitter. He wrote a nice note for LSU fans. Check it out:
Here's Fournette's note, transcribed:
"I sit and reflect, as I pen this letter, on my journey as a Tiger. I think about how you all supported me, even before I made the official announcement that I would attend LSU, and I am forever grateful for your continued support throughout both my high school and college careers. You all have watched me grow from a teenager to a young man and were even there for the birth of my daughter Lyric.
When I decided to attend LSU and major in Human Resources, I also had hopes of winning a National Championship. Things did not go as I planned, but when I consider the passion and commitment of the LSU fans, coaches and my teammates, I am still very grateful for my experience here.
This has been a very trying season, but I have continued to fight to play to the best of my ability. Each day I study and work and rehab with my coaches, trainers and teammates so that I can return to the field for the bowl game, and help our team bring another victory home.
I am thankful that you all have been there through the good, bad ups and downs. I am thankful for my coaches who have helped me to grow into my full potential. I am thankful for my teammates who have been on that field with me through victories and defeats. I am thankful for Coach O stepping in this season, and I wish him well as he officially takes over as Head Coach of the LSU Football team. I am thankful for the entire football staff and support group. I am thankful, so it is bittersweet that I must also say goodbye.
I will be declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft after our bowl game. I make this announcement now so that there will not be speculation and distractions while we prepare. I want everyone to know that I will forever treasure my experience as a Tiger. I will take with me the many valuable lessons that I have learned here, and the love that you all have shown me throughout the years. I will forever be an LSU Tiger. Thank You.
Forever LSU and Always BUGANATION
Leonard Fournette, #7."
Fournette didn't have a storybook 2016 campaign, as he finished with just 843 yards and eight touchdowns on 129 carries while battling injuries. But in 2015, he ran for 1,953 yards and 22 scores.