LSU running back Leonard Fournette will definitely be one of the players most mentioned as a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy when college football gets started in a few months. The Bayou Bengals have had plenty of good running backs over the years, and Fournette could very well be the most talented of them all. Current L.A. Rams and former Georgia star running back Todd Gurley is apparently taking notice, but may not be that impressed. In a brief talk with TMZ.com, Gurley was asked about incoming Georgia freshman running back Elijah Holyfield, who is the son of legendary heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield. Gurley was asked would he take the younger Holyfield under his wing? The 2015 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year said he would “chop up game” and “talk to the young buck”. As he and the reporter chuckled he then said, “that’s what we do at Georgia, we breed running backs. LSU, you think y’all running back U but y’all behind us and maybe Bama”. . I’m not sure how LSU came into this brief discussion, but it leads you to believe it had to do with Fournette and his pursuit of the Heisman.
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It’s hard to argue with Gurley, when you think of all the monster running backs that have come through Athens and played ‘Between the Hedges’. Players that went on to have productive NFL careers like Garrison Hearst, and NFL hall of famer, Terrell Davis. Oddly enough, the back that some tout as the best college running back ever, Herschel Walker, probably had the least productive NFL career of these three and was featured in the trade that helped mold the Cowboys three Super Bowl runs in the 90’s and destroyed the Minnesota Vikings. LSU, however, is no slouch. Jeremy Hill is the feature back and doing very well with the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Tigers have had guys like Kevin Faulk be very instrumental in their teams winning Super Bowls. That team of course was the New England Patriots.
As for Elijah Holyfield, who comes to Athens by way of Woodward Academy – just outside of Atlanta, he stands 5’11” and is around 205 pounds. He rushed for over 1,700 yards and scored 28 TD’s. No matter how good he actually is, he’s probably going to have to wait to see a significant amount of carries in the Bulldogs’ backfield. Nick Chubb, who is coming off an ACL injury, and Sony Michel make up one of the SEC’s and the nation’s top backfield duos. As for who the ‘real’ running back U is……I’m going to have to agree with Gurley and say it’s between Georgia and Alabama. What do you think? Feel free to drop a comment and let me know.