LSU RB Lanard Fournette isn’t living in shadow of his brother and does things his own way

LSU RB Lanard Fournette isn’t living in shadow of his brother and does things his own way
Lanard Fournette (No. 27) (Source: Josh Auzenne/Gray Television)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette was one of the biggest recruits in the history of Louisiana high school football. His younger brother, Lanard, a current Tiger, was not.

“It really doesn’t bother me that much, believe it or not,” said Fournette. “You have a lot of outsiders say, ‘You’re a shadow. How does it feel to live in a shadow?’ I never looked at it that way. I did my own thing.”

Lanard Fournette (No. 27)
Lanard Fournette (No. 27) (Source: Josh Auzenne/Gray Television)

For years, Lanard has heard people tell him he was no more than the much lesser half of a package deal.

“That’s what everyone assumed [that] I’m here off the strength of my brother. I just laugh. That just gives me more motivation to grind harder,” Fournette added.

Last year, during the regular season finale at Texas A&M, Fournette showed the ability to make some big plays in an SEC game. He had a 46-yard run against the Aggies. He also caught two passes for 28 more yards.

“The only thing that surprised me about that was me playing. I knew what I could do. I could perform. I was just so excited. You saw bowing up, flexing my muscles a little bit,” Fournette explained.

But there was the one big play he missed out on. A wide open Fournette dropped a Joe Burrow pass in the third quarter.

“I know! I know! I got touchdown happy. I got happy before I even caught the ball,” said Fournette.

He understands he’ll part of a committee once again and not a feature back. He’s also very complimentary of the two new freshman backs on campus.

“John [Emery Jr.] brings a lot to the table. He’s real twitchy. He can run routes. He can run through people. Ty [Tyrion Davis-Price] also. He can run through people, like Mike Tyson. He can run routes also. So, it’s something I’m really looking forward to,” Fournette stated.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound back has carried the ball 18 times for a total of 126 yards. He has one touchdown and that 46-yard run against the Aggies is the longest of his career.

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