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Enemy Dossier: Leonard Fournette

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Let's talk about the big guns.

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It's impossible to talk about LSU without at least mentioning Leonard Fournette. A 5-star recruit out of high school, he was heralded as the next big thing, and so far, he's delivered.

Fournette, along with LSU, is an absolute problem for us up front. We've struggled with downhill runners, and there's not a running back in the NCAA more downhill than Leonard Fournette currently. Watching the tape of his game against Auburn especially terrifies me, especially because I see a lot of us in the Auburn secondary and linebackers in terms of size. Fournette is not a guy you can tackle high, as proved by his ridiculous pinball style runs in the aforementioned Auburn game.

Fournette presents a problem for us with his size, but that isn't all he has. For a guy of his size, he has some quickness to him, but the most lethal thing about him is his decisiveness. When Fournette finds a hole, he's putting the ball in it. His north and south running skills don't mean anything if Fournette isn't decisive with the ball.

For us, this means that we can't allow a glimmer of space in the front 4. Schematic and read-based mistakes will be punished even harsher against this LSU rushing attack. In order to stop Fournette, we're going to need a superhuman game from our defensive line and middle linebackers. We don't need to necessarily dominate the line of scrimmage, but we need to plug whatever hole appears the fastest. Sometimes this might mean that Fournette takes 3-5 off of us. That's okay. What we can't have is him running wild in our secondary.