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Grading the Big 5: Week 11 grade for LSU's Leonard Fournette


Editor's note: analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above to see their Week 11 marks for each of the players.

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU


Stats: 17 carries for 98 yards (5.8 average), 3 TDs. 2 catches for 44 yards (22.0 average). (at Arkansas)

Skinny: Most running backs would earn high marks for a 17-carry, 98-yard, three-touchdown effort against a top-25 squad, and Fournette had a good performance on Saturday. However, there are very few runners with Fournette's explosive talents as a workhorse runner. Thus, the standard is so much higher for a runner who is widely considered the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch. Although the 6-foot-1, 235-pound RB continues to impress evaluators with his rugged running style and dynamic combination of speed, strength and power, scouts expect the LSU star to churn out 100-yard games like an ATM spits out cash, particularly when the offensive line is dominating at the point of attack.

Against Arkansas, the Tigers' front line had its way with the Razorbacks at the line of scrimmage, as evidenced by the huge holes Fournette and RB Derrius Guice ran through for most of the day. Considering that Guice rushed for 200-plus yards against an overmatched defense, the sub-100-yard effort won't earn Fournette big grades from evaluators hoping for a signature performance from the spectacular playmaker despite a couple of highlight-reel-worthy runs. However, scouts will take into account that he's still bothered by his nagging ankle injury and didn't play in the fourth quarter.

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