Not only is Leonard Fournette back, but he's better than ever? The LSU superstar is having a record-breaking performance against Ole Miss tonight.
With 253 rushing yards so far tonight, Fournette has broken LSU's record for rushing yards in a game. Impressive.
More impressive: there are almost nine minutes remaining in the third quarter.
More impressive, still: he did it on nine carries.
LSU is up 31-21, and Ole Miss can score in bunches with Chad Kelly at quarterback, so Fournette likely isn't done. With touchdown runs of 59, 76, and 78 yards already on the day, it is almost impossible to predict how many he winds up racking up against the Rebels tonight. And again, this is Ole Miss, not some directional FCS program.
Fournette is playing his first game since LSU's dramatic loss to Auburn, after which longtime head coach Les Miles was fired. Clearly the time off—and the offensive adjustments made with Ed Orgeron taking the reins—have done him well.
On the season, Fournette has 637 yards. He has only played in four games: at Wisconsin, vs. Mississippi State, at Auburn, and now vs. Ole Miss. If he had played a full season, we might be seeing some truly historic full-season numbers.