Deep statistical analysis shows Leonard Fournette had deck stacked against him at LSU

Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette had incredible production at LSU, rushing for nearly 4,000 yards across three seasons.

When you consider that the Tigers had a poor passing offense throughout his time at the school, it only becomes more impressive and the stats prove it.

Former NFL scout Chris Landry wrote as much recently about just how much opposing defenses focused on Fournette during his LSU career.

“Got this incredible stat from a friend in the Scouting profession—Based on film breakdown, LSU RB Leonard Fournette faced 8-plus box defenders on 67% of his runs,” Landry writes. “The average for this many defenders is 31%, so the attention placed on Fournette by defenses is unusually strong and reflective of LSU unimaginative and poor passing attack. Fournette faced 9-plus boxes on 22% of his charted runs. In essence, due to the offense he played in, Fournette was game planned for twice as much as any other back in the college game making his productivity that much more impressive.”

Because the NFL has morphed into a predominately pass-first league, it seems possible that Fournette could have an easier time of things to some degree in the NFL, especially if he ends up on a team with at least a decent quarterback.

Overall, Fournette rushed for 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns during his LSU career, including 1,953 yards and 22 scores as a sophomore in 2015. He only rushed for 843 yards and eight touchdowns this past season, but that’s because he only played in seven games because of an ankle injury.

Fournette is expected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

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Chris Landry is a veteran NFL scout who has worked for the Cleveland Browns and the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans. Previously, he ran the annual NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and served as an assistant at LSU. Landry is a consultant for multiple NFL teams and major college programs.

For detailed information and analysis from Chris Landry info visit LandryFootball.com or follow him on Twitter (@LandryFootball) and Facebook (LandryFootball).


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