Most NFL rookies are struck by the difference in speed from the college to pro game. Leonard Fournette is not among them.
The former LSU and current Jacksonville Jaguars running back told NFL Network after his first preseason game that he expected the pace of the game to be faster during his debut performance of 31 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in a win over the New England Patriots.
“It’s a lot slower than I really thought,” Fournette said. “That’s how I’ve been since I first got into the NFL. A lot of people were like, ‘It’s going to be fast.’ But by me playing in the SEC that kind of helped me a lot. I think to me it was really easy.”
Fournette entered his college career as the consensus No. 1 overall prospect for the 2014 national recruiting cycle and even drew comparisons to former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson in his first training camp at LSU. The New Orleans native added that he’s always dealt with pressure and doesn’t think the pro level will be any worse.
“I’ve had pressure my whole life,” Fournette said. “I’m built for it. No matter what the circumstances, I’ve never let the game get bigger than me and I’ve always stayed humble. That’s number one.”
While you have to admire his confidence, Fournette’s comments could motivate opposing veteran defenders to prove that the game is harder than he thinks.
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