HEISMAN WATCH: Can LSU's Fournette make a run at Jackson?
Even after missing three games with injuries, Leonard Fournette is poised to make some noise in the Heisman Trophy race.
The LSU running back is coming off one of the most impressive individual performances of the season, running for 284 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries in a rout of Mississippi. The No. 19 Tigers are off this week and preparing for No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 5.
When Fournette plays, he is as good as advertised. The junior has reached 100 yards in each of the four games he has been able to get on the field, averaging 8.1 per carry and scoring five touchdowns.
Fournette was one of the headliners in a star-studded Heisman field entering the season. They have all been overtaken by Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Clemson's Deshaun Watson is still drawing considerable Heisman attention, but other big names have fallen off.
Last season's Heisman runner-up, Christian McCaffrey of Stanford, has missed games with injuries and been unable to cut loose in the Cardinal's struggle offense. Houston quarterback Greg Ward has slipped out of the race with the Cougars losing two of three.
Florida State's Dalvin Cook is in position to make a late push. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett can likely do the same.
How about Fournette? With high-profile games left against Alabama, No. 14 Florida and No. 9 Texas A&M and the possibility of leading his team to the SEC championship game, don't rule out Fournette receiving an invite to New York city for the Heisman presentation on Dec. 10.