LSU football: Why Leonard Fournette can win the Heisman in 2015

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Oct 25, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) carries the ball past Mississippi Rebels defensive back Senquez Golson (21) in the second half at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Mississippi 10-7. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

LSU’s winning will keep Fournette in the national spotlight 

The LSU football team has a completely revamped offense with Harris under center. Coupled with the Tigers’ stellar defense, this will likely result in double digit wins for LSU, and potentially a College Football Playoff appearance.

This means the Tigers and Fournette will be in the national spotlight all season long. With Fournette’s NFL-ready build, speed and flashiness, he will become even more of a household name in college football. More specifically, with the Heisman voters.

With each win, LSU’s star running back will be featured in sports publications and television programs across the country, and his highlight-reel plays will be on full display all over social media week-in and week-out.

As the Tigers climb in the polls after each victory, Fournette will climb up the Heisman rankings. The comparisons to great NFL backs like Adrian Peterson will spur up again, just like they did before his arrival in Baton Rouge.

The magic number for Fournette and LSU is 10 wins. If Les Miles’ history is any indicator, the Tigers should have no problem hitting this mark. After all, the head coach has recorded 10 or more wins in seven of his 10 seasons in Baton Rouge.

Coincidentally, every Heisman Trophy winner since 1999 has been on a team that has won at least 10 games that season.

With 2015 being a year in which quarterbacks are not expected to be exceptional across the board, the focus will be on a talented pool of running backs.

The college football world is thirsty for a running back to win the Heisman Trophy. Quarterbacks have dominated the Heisman voting as of late, winning the award every season since former Alabama running back Mark Ingram Jr. did so in 2009.

Just like Ingram did six years ago, Fournette will lead his team through the gauntlet of the SEC and obtain college football’s most prestigious individual award: the Heisman Trophy.

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