Fournette Earns Third-Straight SEC POW Award

by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
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Fournette Earns Third-Straight SEC POW Award

BATON ROUGE – LSU running back Leonard Fournette has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week for a third consecutive week, the league office announced on Monday.

Fournette, who leads the nation in rushing with 210.3 yards per game, set a career-high with 244 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns in LSU’s 34-24 win over Syracuse. The Orange went into the LSU game ranked third in the nation in rushing defense, allowing 46.7 yards per contest.

Fournette became the first player in LSU history to rush for 200 or more yards in back-to-back games. A week ago, Fournette had 228 yards and three TDs in the win over Auburn. Fournette scored on runs of 62 and 14 yards in the win over the Orange.

Fournette has the most rushing yards for any player in LSU history through the first three games of a season with 631 yards and eight touchdowns on 73 carries. He’s averaging 8.6 yards per carry. The 631 yards through three games is also the most of any FBS player over the last 15 years.

Fournette has eight 100-yard games to his credit, including five straight dating back to last year. LSU is 7-1 when Fournette reaches the 100-yard mark.

The SEC Player of the Week honor is the third Fournette this year. Last week, he was also named National Offensive Player of the Week by three different organizations.

The following is a look at LSU’s SEC and National Player of the Week honors in 2015:

2015 LSU Football – Player of the Week Honors

Mississippi State
Leonard Fournette
– SEC Offensive Player of the Week
Ethan Pocic
– SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week

Auburn
Leonard Fournette
– Walter Camp National Player of Week
– FWAA National Offensive Player of Week
– Maxwell Award National Player of Week
– SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Vadal Alexander
– SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week

Syracuse
Leonard Fournette
– SEC Offensive Player of the Week