Leonard Fournette’s Heisman Trophy campaign isn’t dead yet.
From its official football account, LSU tweeted a messageWednesday afternoon of the Tigers running back wearing an “I (heart) NY” shirt with the city skyline in the background.
“Leonard Fournette (158.3 ypg) is on pace to be the SEC’s first NCAA rushing champion since 1949. #He7man,” the message read.
The post came just a few hours after the Walter Camp player of the year award released its five finalists – without Fournette on the list.
Fournette, just a month ago the clear frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, averages a nation-leading 158 yards rushing a game and has scored 18 touchdowns, third-most of any running back nationally. He ran for 200 or more yards three straight games earlier this season – something no SEC running back has ever done.
Fournette’s numbers have dropped recently, starting with the 31-yard outing against Alabama. He had 91 against Arkansas and 108 against Ole Miss. He ran for 159 yards last week in the regular season finale against Texas A&M.
The five Walter Camp finalists include Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Iowa cornerback Desmond King.
The deadline for Heisman voting is Monday. Finalists will be announced next week. Anywhere from three to six finalists advance to New York for the ceremony on Dec. 12.
The gambling site Bovada has dropped Fournette’s odds to win the Heisman to 33-1, the seventh-best odds available.