LSU running back Leonard Fournette is out of his walking boot, is running and should rejoin the Tigers at practice Thursday, coach Les Miles said Tuesday.
Fournette, a Heisman Trophy favorite, suffered a “slight” sprained ankle in practice last Tuesday and missed the past week of practice. The Tigers are off Wednesday before resuming drills Thursday.
“He was running today and yesterday. And next time we take the field, my guess is, he’ll be practicing,” the coach said.
Senior receiver Travin Dural also returned from injury Tuesday, Miles said, recovering from an unspecified “nick” on his hand that he suffered during practice Friday. Dural made “a couple of nice grabs” in LSU’s scrimmage Tuesday at Tiger Stadium, Miles said.
Fournette’s injury put a scare into many fans. He sprained the ankle during a 30-play scrimmage last Tuesday while on an 8-to-12 yard carry up the middle. The junior broke several school single-season rushing records last season and is on pace to crack career rushing marks this year.
The list is three lines long. Each line is a goal that Leonard Fournette hoped to accomplish at LSU, drawn up by the running back while he was a high schooler at St. Augustine.
LSU is rotating three tackles at two spots, Miles said.
Sophomore Maea Teuhema, left tackle K.J. Malone and right tackle Toby Weathersby rotated during the 100-plus play scrimmage at the stadium. Teuhema is recovering from an ankle sprain that forced him to miss the first week of preseason camp.
Miles named Malone and Weathersby as LSU’s two starters for now.
“We're rotating him and Toby and K.J. Malone, all of which are starters in my mind,” the coach said.
‘It’s like changing your hairdresser’
Eight players have transferred from LSU this offseason, including two during preseason practice.
Transferring these days, Miles said, is like "changing your hairdresser."
“I think each guy has a different story and different reason for transferring. I certainly recognize those things,” the coach said. “I think it’s a different time now than it’s been. Totally different. It’s like changing your hairdresser. ‘Let me have another experience and see what it’s like.’ And I understand that, but in the same vein, they don’t get to finish being Tigers.”
Miles suggested that many of the players left to seek more significant playing time at other places. Redshirt freshman offensive lineman George Brown Jr. became the eighth offseason transfer Monday.
Brown worked with the reserves at right tackle during camp before leaving the team. Receiver Tyron Johnson, in the midst of camp two weeks ago, also practiced as a reserve player.
“At times, you wanted to keep them, but each one is separate in their own view. I recognize … sometimes it’s the right thing,” the coach said. “Maybe they’re not going to play in the schedule they need to play in. It’s not that they’re not good enough. It’s just, they’re not playing as much as they’d like right now. And today’s world is all about right now.”
Others who left over the off-season include offensive lineman Jevonte Domond (UTSA), receivers Trey Quinn (SMU), Kevin Spears (Jacksonville State) and John Diarse (TCU), and kicker Trent Domingue (Texas) and quarterback Anthony Jennings, who was named Louisiana-Lafayette's quarterback Tuesday.
Senior Bowl watch list
Seven LSU football players landed on the Senior Bowl’s annual watch list released Tuesday.
The list includes linebacker Kendell Beckwith, outside linebacker Tashawn Bower, Dural, defensive lineman Lewis Neal, center Ethan Pocic, and defensive backs Dwayne Thomas and Tre’Davious White.
The Senior Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 28 in Mobile, Alabama.
Wisconsin lineman retires
Dan Voltz, a fifth-year senior, announced his retirement Tuesday from football.
Voltz, suffering from years of lingering injuries, including a torn anterior cruciate ligament, entered Wisconsin's preseason camp as a starting guard. He started three seasons at center for the Badgers.