Catching Up With No. 7: Leonard Fournette's going trick-or-treating; last week with braces? why he said 'no' to Alabama _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette keeps his eyes on the ball while making the one-handed catch in the end zone during pregame warmups Oct. 17 in Tiger Stadium.

Each week, The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais, a Heisman Trophy voter since 1997, takes the pulse of the race for college football’s most prestigious award. This year’s Heisman will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 on ESPN.

NATIONAL WATCHES

ESPN (Poll of 10 voters on ESPN’s staff)

1. Derrick Henry, Jr., RB, Alabama: 50 points (10 first-place votes)

2. Baker Mayfield, Jr., QB, Oklahoma: 22 points

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Jr., RB, Ohio State: 21 points

4. Leonard Fournette, So., RB, LSU: 19 points

5. Deshaun Watson, So., QB, Clemson: 16 points

CBSSports.com (Poll of seven staff members)

1. Derrick Henry, Jr., RB, Alabama: 31 points (5)

2. Leonard Fournette, So., RB, LSU: 19 points

3. Deshaun Watson, So., QB, Clemson: 16 points (1)

4. Ezekiel Elliott, Jr., RB, Ohio State: 12 points

5. Dalvin Cook, So., RB, Florida St.: 11 points (1)

USA Today (Survey of 30 Heisman voters who work for Gannett)

1. Derrick Henry, Jr., RB, Alabama: 75 points (20)

2. Deshaun Watson, So., QB, Clemson: 38 points (6)

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Jr., RB, Ohio State: 32 points (2)

4. Leonard Fournette, So., RB, LSU: 11 points

5. Baker Mayfield, Jr., QB, Oklahoma: 10 points

LEONARD FOURNETTE TALK

Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams

“Come back and play, man. We don’t care about all that, just waiting to go play for the NFL. We’re football players. We’ve been playing this game for our whole life for free or with money. We don’t care about that. We play for the love of the game.”

Paul Finebaum, SEC Network

“I don’t think he has any chance (to win the Heisman) and I’m really sad by that. A week and a half ago he was the Heisman favorite. He already had the trophy awarded to him. But two bad games by his team and one really bad game by him at the fault of his offensive line, and I think Leonard Fournette right now is going to struggle to get a trip to New York.”

HEISMAN VOTE

Fans may cast a Heisman vote online at Nissan Heisman House. The top vote getter will earn one vote.

HEISMAN ODDS

1. Derrick Henry: 2/3

2. Leonard Fournette: 9/2

2. Ezekiel Elliott: 9/2

4. Deshaun Watson: 7/1

5. Corey Coleman: 25/1

Source: Bovada