Catching Up With No. 7: Leonard Fournette talks South Carolina flooding, LSU’s surprising start _lowres


A Minute With Leonard is a new, weekly Q&A series with LSU running back Leonard Fournette.

On his way to his second class of the day Tuesday, Leonard Fournette was approached by two freshman girls from New Mexico.

“They’re speaking Spanish to me. I’m trying to tell them, ‘I don’t speak Spanish,'” a smiling Fournette said Tuesday night during an impromptu session with local reporters. “They’re like, ‘Well, we speak English too.’ It was a funny moment.”

Ah, a day in the life of the Heisman Trophy favorite.

Fournette took a selfie with the two girls and moved on to his music class.

“They said their parents in New Mexico have been watching me and they wanted to take a selfie with me, to send it to them,” Fournette said.

This leads us into our first A Minute With Leonard, a weekly Q&A with the Tigers star.

It’s not weird. We’re still preparing each and every day for a great team. We’re about to play an SEC opponent. They’re a great team.

What have coaches told y’all about the game?

Nothing right now. Right now we’re just focusing on getting the little things done, preparing for the team.

Are you hoping for Tiger Stadium?

It doesn’t matter where we play at. At the end of the day, we’re trying to go out there for victory, ready to get out there with my boys again – another Saturday.

You had talked about too much laughing and joking in practice last week. What was it like this week?

More serious?

Yeah, it’s more serious because it’s an SEC opponent. Everything counts.

Have you seen South Carolina on film?

Yeah, their defense is great. Very active. They’re big boys. Right now, we’re just preparing to try to figure away to go against them.

Does the SC flooding images bring back any Katrina memories?

It does. I’m praying for them. I hope they continue to stay blessed.

What’s it like to be you on campus?

I take a ton of pictures a day. It just comes with the territory. I don’t mind it. Going to class. Tutoring.

When everybody, as far as football players, walk in a group, everybody (fans) attempts to attack me. So I tell them, ‘This is Vadal, this is …’ I say names.

What’s the most unusual thing that’s happened to you so far?

Just holding babies, taking pictures with 7-month year-olds. I don’t know them.

Did you know how close you were – 18 yards – from breaking the single-game rushing record last week?

Nah. I wasn’t worried about it. If it comes, it comes. It’s going to come eventually, I guess. I’m not really worried about breaking the single-game rushing record. That’s not my job. My job is to win.

Do you still stay home during the week, don’t go out?

I’m always inside. After games, I’m so tired, I just go to sleep.

Has LSU’s start been a surprise to you?

It has. In the summer, I’m like, ‘We’re really good.’ Now that the season is here I go on the bench and realize, ‘Man, we’re really good, really talented. We have a special group of men that can make it far.’

Has it been a surprise that you started as well as you have?

Not really. I did it in the spring, in the summer. I knew what was coming. Without those front lines and (fullback) JD Moore, I wouldn’t be able to do the things I’m doing now.

You get the sense the receivers are eager to bounce back?

Everybody has those type of days – even in practice. I have those days when I don’t feel like running, blocking. It’s all a mental thing. They’re going to bounce back.

That happens to the best of us. The best drop balls. I just told them, ‘Just stay focused and come back out next week during practice and start catching them again.’

It would be great, but my focus is not on Heisman – even though that’s every young man’s dream in college football. My focus is getting a victory with my team.

How dominant has the O-line been?

They’ve done a tremendous job. Y’all don’t know how hard they work during practice, man. When I rush 50 yards down the field, they probably run 30 just trying to keep up with me. I love that group.

Has the beard become a trademark?

Nah, it’s just something I’ve been wanting since high school. It’s steadily growing.

Your thoughts on Derrius Guice?

Derrius is a beast. He’s going to be great. He’s just being patient right now behind me and Darrel (Williams), but, like I always tell him, his time is going to come. He just runs with so much passion and power. I think his mindset, ‘I can’t be stopped.’