Rabalais: LSU running back Leonard Fournette keeps building his legend one dominant yard at a time _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) breaks free on his 62-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, pursued by Syracuse safety Rodney Williams (6) and safety Chauncey Scissum (21) in the second half Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 in the Carrier Dome. LSU beat Syracuse 34-24, and Fournette had two touchdowns.

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: 49 points (9 first-place votes)

2. Nick Chubb, So., RB, Georgia: 35 points (1 first-place vote)

3. Trevone Boykin, Sr., QB, TCU: 28 points

4. Ezekiel Elliott, Jr., RB, Ohio State: 12 points

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

5. Paul Perkins, Jr., RB, UCLA: 5 points

CBSSports.com

(Consensus of seven staff members)

1. Leonard Fournette, So., RB, LSU: 34 points

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

3. Trevone Boykin, Sr., QB, TCU: 18 points

4. Jared Goff, Jr., QB, California: 8 points

5. Paul Perkins, Jr., RB, UCLA: 6 points

USA Today

(Survey of 28 Heisman voters who work for Gannett)

1. Leonard Fournette, So., RB, LSU: 82 points (28 first-place)

2. Trevone Boykin, Sr., QB, TCU: 41 points (two first-place)

3. Nick Chubb, So., RB, Georgia: 32 points

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

5. C.J. Prosise, Sr., RB, Notre Dame: 2 points

Zac Ellis, Sports Illustrated

1. Leonard Fournette, So., RB, LSU

2. Trevone Boykin, Sr., QB, TCU

3. Nick Chubb, So., RB, Georgia

4. Derrick Henry, Jr., RB, Alabama

5. C.J. Prosise, Sr., RB, Notre Dame

LEONARD FOURNETTE TALK

Stewart Mandel, FoxSports.com

Another week, another man-among-boys performance by LSU’s super sophomore, who gashed Syracuse for 244 yards (a career high) and two touchdowns on 26 carries. He could hold this spot for quite some time.

Chase Goodbread, NFL.com

Installing Fournette as the Heisman front-runner for now is merited. He’s been nothing short of spectacular. But leading the Heisman race in September doesn’t make Fournette likely to break the tape in December.

Herschel Walker, to TMZ.com

He’s better than I was.

HEISMAN ODDS

1. Leonard Fournette: 3/2

2. Nick Chubb: 7/1

2. Trevone Boykin: 7/1

4. Seth Russell: 8/1

5. Ezekiel Elliott: 12/1

5. Cody Kessler: 12/1

7. Derrick Henry: 20/1

7. Kyle Allen: 20/1

Source: Bovada