LSU running back Leonard Fournette was the clear-cut Heisman Trophy favorite heading into this past Saturday, but after he was held to 31 rushing yards on 19 carries against Alabama, that's all changed. Instead, Crimson Tide tailback Derrick Henry, after a 210-yard performance against the Tigers, is now the top dog.
It turns out that Alabama's motivation might have come from all of the hype Fournette was receiving. Crimson Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland joined Paul Finebaum Wednesday afternoon and told listeners that Alabama's "guys up front" didn't like hearing about Fournette.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum)
"For the two weeks leading up to the game we heard about Fournette & the guys up front didn't like that" - @reggieragland
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 11, 2015
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To be clear - Fournette could still win the Heisman, as there is a lot of football to be played. But Alabama definitely won the battle this past Saturday, and because of it, the Tide now control their own destiny.