Orgeron defends Fournette

Last December Leonard Fournette made the decision to sit out LSU's Citrus Bowl game. The proceived motivation behind this was to avoid risking an injury in an extra game, that wasn't for a chamionship, and to move on to focus on preparing for the NFL Draft. This came with a whirl of controversy, Fournette was shamed on social media and by TV and radio personalities. Ed Orgeron claimed this narrative was utter nonsense during SEC Media week. “That last game, going into the bowl, Leonard could not play. Leonard came to me in tears. He said, ‘Coach, I can’t go, I can’t play,'” Orgeron said, according to Chase Goodbread of “I said, ‘Leonard, I understand, we will not put you in jeopardy, son, don’t worry about it. I will tell the media.’ Things you heard that he may have skipped the game or whatever, that has nothing to do with anything. In fact, against Florida, he didn’t practice all weekend. He wasn’t supposed to play. He tried to play. He wanted to play.”  Fournette however did not fall in the draft due to any of this controversy, and was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars at #4 overall.