He Said What? LSU's Leonard Fournette talks Heisman hype, fan mail and more _lowres

LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) carries in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Leonard Fournette was a true one-man show Tuesday night.

LSU’s sophomore running back was the only player made available to the media for the final media session this week. The Heisman Trophy frontrunner held court with reporters for about 20 minutes and fielded a wide variety of questions.

Here are some of his best responses:

  • Fournette surged to the front of the Heisman race following his dominant performance against Auburn, but he thinks it’s not an individual award. “It’s really a team award,” Fournette said. “Without them, I wouldn’t be able to do the things I’m doing. They open up the holes for me.”
  • Fournette had a message for his teammates lobbying for his Heisman campaign: “It’s not about what they want and what I want. It’s about what LSU needs, and we need a championship back here at home.”
  • When asked about having Heisman moments, Fournette said: “Your job is to make a big play every game, no matter what the circumstance is. At the end of the day, it’s up to you. It’s something you work on during the offseason and carries on through the season.”
  • Being in the Heisman race comes with a whole lot of fan mail. “After the game, sometimes my phone is frozen. That’s how many texts and calls I get,” Fournette said. “So I just turn it off and wait until the next day to turn it back on. …I try to tell everybody thank you.”
  • For as many moves as Fournette has in his arsenal, he doesn’t think about when he prepares to take on a tackler. “Nothing really goes through your mind. It’s just a reaction,” he said. “When I’m running the ball, I don’t say ‘Let me run over him.’ It’s something that just happens.”
  • After breaking a tackle, does Fournette feel like he’ll pop out of his jersey? “It’s not really a feeling. I’m just trying to make plays,” Fournette said. “Something (running backs coach Frank Wilson) instilled in all our running backs is to never let one man take you down. You have to be confident when you’ve got that ball in your hands. It’s not just your team counting on you; Louisiana is counting on you. Don’t fumble that ball.”
  • Fournette said he rarely ducks out of bounds because he’s always trying to gain as many yards as he can. If given the choice between heading for the sideline or laying a hit on a defender, the sophomore doesn’t have to think about it at all. “I would rather hit somebody before they hit me. …But I gotta get out of bounds on a two-minute drill,” he said smiling.
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