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Les Miles Wants LSU's Leonard Fournette To Lose A Couple Of Pounds

The 2016 Heisman Trophy frontrunner could stand to shed a couple of pounds, according to his head coach. 

LSU head coach Les Miles told The Paul Finebaum Show on Thursday that his star running back, Leonard Fournette, probably needs to lose a little bit of weight before the fall. 

Fournette was playing at about 235 pounds this spring and Miles wants him to be at 225 pounds for the season. Miles also said this earlier this spring

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From the interview:

“I think Leonard was 235 or 233 (pounds) or so during spring,” Miles said Thursday on the “Paul Finebaum Show.” “We want him right around 225. So that his strength and speed are kind of maximized. He’s an elite guy and he wants to be in an elite body as he goes into the fall. I think that certainly this summer will provide him that opportunity."

“He’s a great teammate, unselfish, wants for the team and he has great leadership. The guys listen to him. I think he’s going to have a great year. I think he’s poised to be better than he was last year.”

Fournette, a 6-foot-1 tailback, was listed at 230 pounds last season, when he rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns and was a consensus first-team All-American. 

LSU opens its 2016 season Sept. 3 against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc.