BATON ROUGE, La. – This must be what those who hunt the elusive legends of the world feel like on a regular basis.
The Loch Ness Monster.
For the first time since LSU coach Les Miles surprisingly offered up that Fournette had been slowed by a sprained ankle, there was an actual sighting Thursday night.
Fournette, minus the walking boot he was seen in when he and several LSU players visited a shelter for victims of the rains and flooding in Baton Rouge, walked by a gathering of media as it waited for entrance to a facility where interviews are conducted.
Looking pretty much like a typical college student on a humid Louisiana evening, Fournette offered up, "Yeah, I'll be back."
Twitter bubbled to life as soon as Fournette sauntered by.
During the player interviews, Fournette was a popular topic.
"He was back today full throttle," cornerback Tre'Davious White said.
The handful of offensive linemen in charge of opening holes for the talented tailback also seemed enthused about how he performed.
"When he sticks that foot in the ground and goes full throttle, it looks great to me," center Ethan Pocic said.
The attention on Fournette, who missed a scrimmage Tuesday, is understandable. He rushed for a school-record 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. Those numbers put him in realistic range of several LSU records, most notably the career rushing mark currently held by Kevin Faulk.
Fournette has 2,987 yards in 25 career games, which leaves him 1,570 shy of Faulk's four-year total. Fournette needs to average 130.8 yards a game in a 12-game regular season to catch Faulk. Last season, he averaged 162.8 per contest.
He and the Tigers open September 3 against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.
(Randy Rosetta covers LSU for GN. You can follow him on Twitter @RandyRosetta)
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