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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) celebrates his touchdown against the New England Patriots with Tommy Bohanon, left, in the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Mary Schwalm

Former LSU star Leonard Fournette's professional career got off to a good start Thursday evening as the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots 31-24 in preseason action.

More special for Fournette, however, was the running back scoring his first pro career touchdown -- a 1-yard run straight up the middle -- with less than 2 minutes left in the first half.

Fournette, the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, got all of his work done in the first half with 9 carries for 31 yards. 

Fournette and the Jaguars take the field next week against the Tamp Bay Buccaneers.