Thanksgiving Day football is a tradition that never seems to disappoint. Whether it is in the NFL or the NCAA the holiday usually provides fireworks and stunning plays on the gridiron.
2014 was no different and while there were big performances from the likes of LeSean McCoy and Richard Sherman in the pros, it was a true freshman from New Orleans who is grabbing many of the headlines after a monster night on the field.
LSU running back sensation Leonard Fournette rushed for a career-high 146 yards against Texas A&M on Thursday evening, punctuating his impressive performance with a rampaging touchdown run in the first half which looked like that of a seasoned NFL stud running back not a fresh faced 19-year-old.
Fournette was the number one recruit in the class of 2014 and showed everyone exactly why with his primetime role in LSU's 23-17 win over the Aggies.
His 22-yard TD, which can be seen in all its glory via this link, saw him show patience to find the perfect line. Unfortunately for A&M defensive back Howard Matthews that perfect line just happened to be right over the top of him with Fournette lowering his head and trampling over Matthews on his way to the end zone.
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The play had commentators at the time referencing the great run of Herschel Walker way back in 1980 while others on social media saw similarities with more recent power backs like DeMarco Murray and Adrian Peterson.
His explosive power and speed are certainly similar to that of Peterson but he will need to produce on a regular basis to reach the heights of the six-time Pro-Bowler.
So far this season Fournette has run for 891 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
As a true freshman Fournette still has at least another season left in college football but when he does eventually graduate to the NFL he will be able to look back to the 2014 NFL season and take inspiration from many of his fellow former LSU Tigers.
The Baton Rouge school has been very well represented by the NFL's rookie class this season with the likes of Jeremy Hill (Cincinnati Bengals), Alfred Blue (Houston Texans), Zach Mettenberger (Tennessee Titans), Jarvis Landry (Miami Dolphins) and of course one-handed catch superstar Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants) having burst onto the scene in 2014.
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