Lunch with Les: Miles OK with Leonard Fournette seeking out contact, says LSU addressing penalties, special teams problems _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) leaps over Syracuse safety Rodney Williams (6) while running the ball during the first half Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in the Carrier Dome.

The Southeastern Conference named LSU running back Leonard Fournette as its Offensive Player of the Week for a third straight week, the league announced Monday.

Fournette has eclipsed his personal rushing record in each of LSU’s three games this season. He rolled for 159 yards and three touchdowns at Mississippi State, 228 yards and three scores last week against Auburn and 244 with two touchdowns against Syracuse on Saturday.

Through 16 games (just nine of them starts), Fournette’s already 19th on LSU’s career rushing list with 1,665 yards. He leads the nation in yards a game (210), is third in total yards (631) with one fewer game played and is second in touchdowns (8).

No. 9 LSU (3-0) hosts Eastern Michigan (1-3) at 6 p.m. Saturday. EMU is the worst rushing defense in the nation, statistically, allowing 373 ground yards a game.

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