LSU running back Leonard Fournette named consensus All-American _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs the ball during the second half Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Tuscaloosa. Alabama won 30-16.

The final month of Leonard Fournette’s breakout sophomore year was mostly sour, but LSU’s sophomore running back still earned one of the most prestigious honors in college football.

Fournette was named a consensus All-American, the NCAA announced Thursday. To receive the honor, a player must appear on the first team of at least two of the five selected All-America squads: American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation.

He garnered first-team selections from the AP, Football Writers Association of America and Walter Camp Foundation. The Sporting News placed him on its second team.

Fournette currently leads the nation with 158.3 rushing yards per game. Alabama’s Derrick Henry (the other consensus All-American running back) and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey were the only two players to rush for more yards than Fournette this season, though their teams played two more games than the Tigers.

The sophomore broke Charles Alexander’s 38-year-old program single-season rushing record, amassing 1,741 yards this year. Fournette is one score away from tying the school’s single-season rushing touchdown mark (19).

He is LSU’s ninth consensus All-American during coach Les Miles’ 11-year tenure in Baton Rouge.

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