Leonard Fournette not a Heisman finalist

According to Bovada, Leonard Fournette moved to an overwhelming 1/2 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy after LSU defeated Florida in late October to improve to 6-0.

On Monday evening, the man the world knows as BUGA found out he won’t be spending his weekend strolling down Broadway.

The sophomore standout tailback was not among the three Heisman Trophy finalists announced on SportsCenter on Monday. Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Standford running back Christian McCaffery and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson will vie for college football’s highest individual honor.

Spring boarded by an SEC-record streak of three consecutive 200-plus yard rushing performances, Fournette dominated the Heisman talk as LSU ascended to a 7-0 record and No. 2 in the CFB Playoff standings.

However, three successive sub-100 yard efforts during LSU’s three-game losing streak effectively derailed Fournette’s Heisman hopes. It left him on the outside looking in despite breaking a 34-year-old LSU record with 1,741 yards and leading the nation at 158.3 rushing yards per game.

The number of finalists is based on the voting by a mixture of former winners and media members. Each voter lists their top three candidates with their No. 1 receiving 3 points, No. 2 receiving two points and No. 3 getting one point. The trophy will be awarded to the winner on Saturday night during a 7:00 p.m. ceremony televised on ESPN.

Fournette figures to be one of if not the preseason favorites to capture the Heisman Trophy in 2016.

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James Moran was Editor of Tiger Rag from August 2018 to October 2019. He previously served as the associate editor since 2014. He is a graduate of the LSU Manship School of Journalism.

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