LSU running back Leonard Fournette has received criticism from fans and those in the national media for deciding not to play in the Citrus Bowl. Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron came to Fournette's defense today by saying Leonard would still be with the team today, if his ankle was not injured.
"I think every individual case is different," Orgeron said. "Leonard's case was an injury and I know if Leonard was 100%, he would be playing with us, no question."
Fournette signed with an agent this week, so he can begin his professional career and prepare for the NFL draft. Orgeron insists the team has no qualms with the decision Leonard made.
"We wanted to give Leonard the ability to do what's best for him and his family and he felt that what's best for him and his family, so we are fine with it."
Fournette missed four games this season because of an ankle injury. Stanford's Christian McCaffrey and Baylor's Shock Linwood are other high profile running backs who have decided not to play in their team's bowl game. Orgeron doesn't see this becoming a trend in college football.
"I do believe, myself personally that if you are 100% you gotta finish off with your team that's just way it is, but there's individuals circumstances that different for everybody, so each case is considered a different case," Orgeron said.