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Fournette on sitting out 2016: 'I'm drowning with my brothers'

1 year 3 months 3 weeks ago September 30, 2015 Sep 30, 2015 Wednesday, September 30 2015 September 30, 2015 11:07 AM in LSU Sports
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - SEC defensive units should be warned: Leonard Fournette's not going anywhere.

LSU's record-setting running back responded late Tuesday to an NBC Sports article suggesting he sit out the 2016 season to avoid injuring himself and hurting his NFL potential. He says that isn't in the cards.

NBC Sports contributor Mike Florio noted in the piece that Fournette can't go out for the NFL Draft until 2017 and said he's "maxed out" his draft stock.

"Why should he continue to assume the risk of injury while playing for compensation that doesn’t come close to matching Fournette’s value?" Florio said.

On Wednesday LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette took some issue with the suggestion that Fournette's future at LSU was not valuable.

Fournette has picked up SEC Player of the Week honors three weeks in a row for his explosive start to the 2015 season. He currently has the most rushing yards for any player in LSU history through the first three games of a season with 631 yards on 73 carries for an average of 8.6 yards per carry.

Florio doubled down on his position Wednesday, saying on Twitter that "no one should have a problem" with Fournette preserving his draft status.

LSU returns to Tiger Stadium Saturday to host Eastern Michigan. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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