5 best LSU football players from the last 10 years

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FAYETTEVILLE, AR – NOVEMBER 12: Leonard Fournette #7 of the LSU Tigers runs the ball during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 38-10. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Leonard Fournette — RB (2014-2016)

Leonard Fournette burst onto the scene as a true freshman in 2014, rushing for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns. Unsurprisingly, Fournette instantly drew comparisons to former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson.

As a sophomore, Fournette made those comparisons look smart. The New Orleans native rushed for a ridiculous 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also caught 19 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown.

Fournette finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2015 (behind fellow running backs Derrick Henry and Christian McCaffrey, but ahead of Dalvin Cook and Ezekiel Elliot).

2016 was supposed to be a special year for Fournette. He was a preseason Heisman favorite. But injuries, unfortunately, limited Fournette to only seven games. He still managed to rush for 843 yards and eight touchdowns. Good numbers considering the circumstances, but not what Fournette was hoping to accomplish.

But despite the tough year in 2016, Fournette still finished his career as the fourth leading rusher in LSU history.