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LSU Football 2016 Position Preview: Running Backs

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Behind schedule on these, so we’re going to be brief and try to push through.

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Well, there’s possibly the best player in college football here, so yeah. There’s that. Seems pretty good, in my opinion.

Running Backs

7 Leonard Fournette (Jr.)

6-1, 230

300 carries for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns (both school records), 6.4 yards per carry. 19 catches on 33 targets for 253 yards and 1 touchdown. Consensus All-American.

34 Darrel Williams (Jr.)

6-0, 233

60 carries for 296 yards and 4 touchdowns, 4.9 yards per carry. 4 catches on 6 targets for 31 yards.

5 Derrius Guice (So.)

5-11, 212

51 carries for 436 yards and 3 touchdowns, 8.5 yards per carry. 4 catches on 6 targets for 24 yards. Freshman All-SEC selection (coaches).

4 Nick Brossette (So.)

6-0, 209

12 carries for 65 yards in 9 games.

27 Lanard Fournette (RS-Fr.)

5-10, 199

Redshirted.

Our roadmap series entry on this position kind of told most of the story here. Leonard Fournette may have sprained his ankle in practice, and will likely be out of contact for the remainder of practices until the season opener. Which is totally fine. The only real question is how he follows up his record-breaking 2015 with even more capable runners on hand to share the load.

Sophomore Derrius Guice has shed some weight, which should help improve his explosiveness -- the power just comes naturally from his running style and his balance. Junior Darrel Williams, likewise, will have a role in some short-yardage sets.

Sophomore Nick Brossette appears healthy after his knee injury last year. His role will likely increase in 2017. Redshirt frosh Lanard Fournette may be able to carve out a role in special teams.

Fullbacks

46 John David Moore (Jr.)

6-4, 241

Caught 1 pass for 1 yard in six games.

47 Bry’Kiethon Mouton (So.)

6-1, 265

Caught 2 passes in 4 targets for 21 yards 11 games with 5 starts.

41 David Ducre (So.)

6-0, 236

1 catch for 4 yards in three game appearances.

Walk-on JD Moore was a revelation last season, leading the way for most of Leonard Fournette’s huge opening half of the season before a knee injury against South Carolina. He’s not the pile-driver we’ve been used to over the years, but he was incredibly precise and almost never missed his mark. His absence was notable, although then-true freshman Bry’Kiethon Mouton did improve over the course of the schedule, despite some early hiccups.

Sophomore David Ducre is still an unknown commodity, but one that could have some intriguing upside down the road if he can be patient.

Depth Chart

Running Back

Fullback

Leonard Fournette

Derrius Guice

Darrel Williams

Lanard Fournette

John David Moore

Bry’Kiethon Mouton

David Ducre

Possible X-Factor: Darrel Williams

This is a shot in the dark, and its kind of hard to make a pick because the top two contributors are so well-defined in their roles, and while Moore and the fullbacks are certainly valuable, they aren’t going to get a ton of actual touches. But when we talk about taking some carries off of Leonard Fournette’s plate, Williams fits better in late-game situations, especially with a comfortable lead. Not that Guice doesn’t run with a lot of power, but Williams is that textbook pounder that can hammer out 4-5 yards a pop and eat up those “closer” carries. The easiest way to save unnecessary mileage on 7 and 5’s odometers.