UPDATE, 12:22 p.m.
Reports of Leonard Fournette being inactive were greatly exaggerated.
Originally thought to be out for the game, Fournette asked coach Ed Orgeron to suit up after a pregame scuffle and shoving match with Florida defensive back coach Torrian Gray, according to a report from SEC Nation.
He was convincing, apparently, and saw the field for several plays on LSU's opening possessions. Derrius Guice, however, received the majority of the snaps and designed runs.
Fournette carried the ball 12 times for 40 yards over the first three quarters, but was standing on the sideline without a helmet in the fourth quarter.
A pregame scuffle, some mystery around Leonard Fournette's status. Follow live from Tiger Stadium.
Another angle of pregame scuffle (below).
LSU running back Leonard Fournette is not expected to play in the Tigers’ game Saturday against Florida, a source confirmed to The Advocate.
Fournette, a draft-eligible junior, will miss what is likely to be the final home game of his college career. The New Orleans native and projected top-10 NFL draft pick continues to suffer through a lingering ankle injury he sustained during preseason camp. He’s missed two of LSU’s nine games, but has played in the last three.
Fournette said earlier this week that he’d play against the Gators (7-2, 5-2). His status for next week’s game at Texas A&M is unclear, but he has not been ruled out for that game, a source said. He re-injured the ankle, for a third time this year, against Arkansas last week.
LSU and Florida have a lot on the line in Baton Rouge, and some of that tension appears to h…
Fournette was in a jumpsuit during pregame warmups before Saturday's noon kick at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers (6-3, 4-2) this year have leaned heavily on backup running back Derrius Guice. The electric sophomore has run for 881 yards this season, averaging 8.7 yards a carry. He raced for 252 yards last week in the win over the Razorbacks.
Guice will run against a banged-up bunch. Florida is missing six starters, including its top three tacklers.