Despite a nagging left ankle injury that's forced him to miss three games, LSU running back Leonard Fournette is a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award.
The award, given to the top running back in the nation, narrowed a watch list on Wednesday to 10 semifinalists. The list will be cut to three finalists on Nov. 22.
Fournette, the Tigers' draft-eligible standout who's likely to play his final home game Saturday, is second in the SEC in yards per game at 133.8. A 2015 finalists for the award, Fournette is expected to play Saturday when No. 16 LSU (6-3, 4-2 SEC) hosts No. 21 Florida (7-2, 5-2) in Tiger Stadium for a noon kickoff.
He's still not fully healthy. He sprained his high and low left ankle during preseason camp, both injuries that have lingered through the season. Fournette has run for 803 yards on 117 carries and scored eight touchdowns this year.
This isn’t the way Leonard Fournette wanted it to end.
The other semifinalists include Penn State's Saquon Barkley, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Texas back D'Onta Foreman, Wyoming's Brian Hill, UTEP running back Aaron Jones, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, Auburn back Kamryn Pettway, San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey and Boise State back Jeremy McNichols.
Last month, Fournette was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the collegiate player of the year.
Six other LSU players are semifinalists for national awards: center Ethan Pocic (Outland), cornerback Tre'Davious White (Bednarik and Thorpe), outside linebacker Arden Key (Bednarik), safety Jamal Adams (Lott IMPACT), linebacker Kendell Beckwith (Butkus) and fullback J.D. Moore (Burlsworth).
Riley gets Senior Bowl invite
Senior linebacker Duke Riley became the fourth LSU player invited to the Senior Bowl, Riley tweeted Wednesday.
Riley, a first-year starter from Buras, is second on the team with 73 tackles, only behind fellow linebacker Kendell Beckwith. Riley has eight tackles for loss and an interception.
He joins Beckwith, defensive back Tre'Davious White and center Ethan Pocic as players invited to the Senior Bowl, the premier college football all-star game played each January in Mobile. None of the four players have committed to the game yet.
Those four and five others were invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, another senior all-star game played yearly in Carson, California. Those players include receiver Travin Dural, outside linebacker Tashawn Bower, offensive guard Josh Boutte, tight end Colin Jeter and defensive tackle Christian LaCouture. LaCouture, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during camp, is not expected to seek a redshirt and will participate in Senior Day ceremonies Saturday.