LSU football report card: Midseason grades

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Oct 10, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) breaks a tackle by South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker Skai Moore (10) during the first quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Running Backs: A+

In the discussion of who is the most dominant college football player in 2015, any answer other than Leonard Fournette is simply ludicrous.

The high school comparisons to Adrian Peterson no longer seem so far-fetched, and he has now immersed himself among the likes of SEC greats such as Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson and Emmitt Smith. As legendary as these three players are, Fournette has every ability to surpass their greatness in SEC football lore.

At the very least, he is on pace to shatter LSU’s rushing records.

Fournette is the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, and it is not even close. His 1,202 rushing yards are the most in the nation by far, and his 14 rushing touchdowns are the best in the country as well (tied with Houston’s Greg Ward Jr.).

Fournette needs just six more touchdowns to surpass LeBrandon Toefield’s single-season record of 19 from 2001, and is just 484 yards short of Charles Alexander’s 38-year old single-season rushing record. Averaging just over 200 yards and two touchdowns per game, it would take a complete collapse for him to not hit these marks.

For a player that has shown no signs of slowing down all season long, that simply does not appear to be a possibility.

Fournette is not the only LSU running back that has provided LSU with a spark in the backfield, either. True freshman Derrius Guice has rattled off 268 rushing yards and one touchdown on the year, averaging an outstanding 8.6 yards per carry.

At fullback, John David Moore has done an incredible job creating running lanes for both players. Moore is currently out with a knee injury, and the Tigers are hoping for the converted tight end to make a speedy recovery.

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