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3 Greatest Running Backs in LSU History

Jason Schandl
The greatest running backs in LSU Tigers history, including Leonard Fournette.
The greatest running backs in LSU Tigers history, including Leonard Fournette. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
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The LSU Tigers have been one of college football's most dominant programs in recent years, and there's a storied history of success in Baton Rouge as well, which includes pioneers of the game like Y.A. Tittle.

One of the most consistently strong positions for the Tigers has been running back, and with that in mind, here are the three greatest RBs in LSU history.

3. Derrius Guice

Injuries have held Derrius Guice back at the NFL level, but there's no denying the greatness he showed in college. He didn't get a ton of action as a freshman in 2015, but Guice went on to rush for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2016 and 1,251 yards with 11 TDs in 2017, adding another 230 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air in those two seasons. He holds the NFL single-game rushing record, having racked up 285 yards in a game against Texas A&M in 2016, and he's one of five Tigers with over 3,000 career rushing yards.

2. Kevin Faulk

LSU's all-time rushing leader, Kevin Faulk holds the school records for both yards (4,557) and touchdowns (46) on the ground. He eclipsed 1,200 yards rushing in two different seasons, giving him two of the school's seven highest single-season yardage totals, and if we add in his receiving numbers, he finished his collegiate career with 5,157 yards and 50 touchdowns.

1. Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette is the reason Guice didn't get much action in 2015, and he didn't cede the lead back role until an injury derailed his 2016 junior season. Playing 32 games in three seasons, Fournette rushed for 3,830 yards (6.2 per carry) and 40 touchdowns. What sets him apart from Faulk, who has the superior counting stats, is Fournette's ridiculous 2015 peak. He ran the ball 271 times that year, setting the school's single-season records for rushing yards (1,953) and touchdowns (22), while also setting the single-season record for yards and TDs from scrimmage.


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