LSU running back Leonard Fournette hit a speed of more than 20 miles per hour during his 87-yard touchdown burst against South Carolina last week, and he makes cuts at the same rate of speed as Adrian Peterson, according to ESPN Sport Science.
Fournette raced up the gut on that touchdown run 59 seconds into the third quarter in an eventual 45-24 victory. He out-raced two defensive backs, blazing past them despite both being at least 44 pounds lighter than the running back.
He hit a speed of 20.5 MPH. South Carolina DB Rico McWilliams hit 18.1 MPH and A.J. Harris Jr. was at 19.2 MPH, according to the video.
The video focused more on Fournette’s agility. He makes in-run cuts at a speed of 0.2 seconds – twice as fast as the blink of an eye, Sport Science says.
“Those cuts are as quick as cuts we’ve measured from NFL all-pro Adrian Peterson,” said the show’s narrator John Brenkus.
To make these cuts, Fournette pushes off the ground at a force of 4Gs, keeping what Sport Science calls his “linear speed” by 85 percent. In layman’s terms: He doesn’t lose much speed when making cuts.
Fournette is now a 5-to-11 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, according to Bovada.
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