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Leonard Fournette, Ed Orgeron Announce That RB Will Not Play In Citrus Bowl

Leonard Fournette's LSU career is officially over. The star running back will not play against Louisville in the Citrus Bowl.

Heading into the season, some pondered whether Fournette, college football's most highly-touted running back, should play for LSU at all in 2016. He did, but injuries hampered him throughout the season, and now he's made the decision to sit out the Citrus Bowl in order to rehab his ankle injury in preparation for the NFL combine.

Fournette and head coach Ed Orgeron announced the decision together at a press conference today.

Orgeron thanked Fournette on his own Twitter account as well.

Fournette only played in seven games this season, but managed 843 yards and eight touchdowns. Against Ole Miss, he had one of the more ridiculous performances we can remember, with 284 yards and three touchdowns on 16 rushes. He set the school single game rushing record on his first nine carries.

Last season, Fournette was spectacular, rushing for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns. He is expected to be a first-round pick in next year's NFL Draft.

Luckily for LSU, Fournette's understudy is pretty special in his own right. Sophomore Derrius Guice ran for 1,249 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging eight yards per carry on the season.