LSU RB Leonard Fournette surprised even coach Les Miles with plans to donate jersey _lowres

LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) stands on the field before an NCAA college football game against Eastern Michigan in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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. Leonard Fournette, So., RB, LSU: 50 points (10 first-place votes)

2. Trevone Boykin, Sr., QB, TCU: 32 points

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Jr., RB, Ohio State: 22 points

4. Nick Chubb, So., RB, Georgia: 19 points

5. Myles Garrett, So., DE, Texas A&M: 7 points

CBSSports.com (Consensus of seven staff members)

1. Leonard Fournette, So., RB, LSU: 34 points (seven first-place votes)

2. Trevone Boykin, Sr., QB, TCU: 22 points

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Jr., RB, Ohio State: 13 points

4. Myles Garrett, So., DE, Texas A&M: 8 points

5. Nick Chubb, So., RB, Georgia: 7 points

USA Today (Survey of 28 Heisman voters who work for Gannett)

1. Leonard Fournette, So., RB, LSU: 83 points (27 first-place)

2. Trevone Boykin, Sr., QB, TCU: 49 points (one first place)

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Jr., RB, Ohio State: 24 points

4. Jared Goff, Jr., QB, California: 3 points

5. Nick Chubb, So., RB, Georgia: 2 points

5. Josh Doctson, Sr., WR, TCU: 2 points

Zac Ellis, Sports Illustrated

1. Leonard Fournette, So., RB, LSU

2. Trevone Boykin, Sr., QB, TCU

3. Derrick Henry, Jr., RB, Alabama

4. Ezekiel Elliott, Jr., RB, Ohio State

5. Seth Russell, Jr., QB, Baylor

LEONARD FOURNETTE TALK

Zac Ellis, SI.com

If Fournette matches his current per-game rushing average (216 yards) against South Carolina, he’ll pass his rushing total from 2014 (1,034 yards) in just five games. Common sense suggests Fournette’s numbers eventually will fall back to earth. But right now the Tigers’ sophomore is head and shoulders above any other contender for the Heisman Trophy.

Ivan Maisel, ESPN

Fournette is different the way that Bryce Harper is different, the way that Jordan Spieth is different, the way that — I’m going to go ahead and make the leap — LeBron is different.

HEISMAN ODDS

1. Leonard Fournette: 1/2

2. Seth Russell: 8/1

3. Ezekiel Elliott: 9/1

4. Trevone Boykin: 19/2

5. Nick Chubb: 15/1

6. Jared Goff: 20/1

Source: Bovada