Here we go again.
Florida defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard has confidence in his unit, and that’s liable to fire up the Tigers and LSU running back Leonard Fournette – the Heisman Trophy frontrunner by a wide margin who’s rolled up seven straight games of at least 100 rushing yards.
Bullard, a senior from North Carolina, dished out that line during the Gators’ weekly player interview session Tuesday evening. He’s the latest LSU opponent to produce bulletin board material for the Tigers’ sophomore running back. Auburn defensive back Rudy Ford said that Fournette “shouldn’t be (a) difficult” challenge ahead of LSU’s game against AU on Sept. 12.
LSU won that game 45-21, and Fournette ran for 228 yards, three scores and had three highlight reel runs. After that game, coach Les Miles, Fournette and other players said the comment sparked the running back and the Tigers offensive line.
“He knew what was said,” Miles said after the game.
Fournette is currently at the top of Bovada’s odds to win the Heisman Trophy at 5-to-11. He became just the 10th player in NCAA history to break the 1,000-yard mark in the first five games of the season, and he’s averaging 8.59 yards a carrer and 204 yards a game.
Florida is 16th nationally with a defense that allows just 296 yards a game. The Gators are 12th nationally in rushing defense, giving up just 99 yards a game.