LSU Freshman Fournette Compared to Adrian Peterson, Michael Jordan

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The Tigers' new running back arrives with high expectations

LSU Freshman Fournette Compared to Adrian Peterson, Michael Jordan

HOOVER, Ala. — LSU is doing little to temper expectations for star running back Leonard Fournette.

LSU coach Les Miles compared him to Michael Jordan. Fellow running back Terrence Magee compared him to Adrian Peterson.

“That’s the only guy playing the running back position you can compare him to,” Magee said.

Magee noted Fournette’s ability to run on his toes brought about the comparison to Peterson. Fournette’s 6-foot-1, 220-pound frame helps, too.

For Miles, the comparison to Jordan is his drive to be great.

“He expects himself to be something very special,” Miles said. “I think if you look at Michael Jordan, he could not have been coached to be Michael Jordan.  Michael Jordan accepted the role of expecting him to be better than any.

“I think he has a quiet confidence there that will benefit him, and I think we will always have an opportunity to play at that spot, the running backs that are fresh.”

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