Leonard Fournette's exact status for the next game against Mississippi State isn't completely clear, but the star running back should return "pretty quick," coach Les Miles said Saturday after the win over Jacksonville State.
Fournette didn't play in the 34-13 win over the Gamecocks at Tigers Stadium while nursing a significant bruise to his left ankle. He did not dress out for the game.
"We should see him back healthy pretty quick," the coach said.
LSU didn’t need Leonard Fournette.
Fournette warmed up with other players about 90 minutes before the game. "After he moved around, I don’t think it’s something he wanted to do," Miles said.
The coach sidestepped a question about his status for the game against the Bulldogs (1-1) on Saturday night.
"I’d like to tell you how he feels, but I don’t necessarily have that one either," Miles said. "He’s happy his team got victory. He’s now in a position where he can step forward in conference play and let’s play."
The Heisman Trophy hopeful entered Saturday as a game-time decision after bruising his ankle on his last carry in LSU's 16-14 loss to Wisconsin at Lambeau Field. He injured the same ankle that his sprained during preseason camp.
Miles earlier this week called Fournette's injury a "contusion, a nice bruise."
Fournette ran for 138 yards last week in the Tigers' first season-opening loss since 2002, breaking out in the second half to help LSU to a 14-13 lead in the third quarter. He caught a 31-yard pass to set up the Tigers' only offensive touchdown.
Derrius Guice, an electric sophomore from Baton Rouge's Catholic High, ran for 155 yards on 19 carries in his place against Jacksonville State.
Fournette is chasing a handful of LSU career rushing records, and he's still one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy. The Tigers begin a string of four straight Southeastern Conference games next week with a home matchup against Mississippi State. LSU then travels to Auburn, hosts Missouri and visits Florida.