Michelle Southern reporting.
LSU star running back Leonard Fournette is on the cover of this week's national Sports Illustrated magazine. The No. 6 Tigers remain undefeated on the year thanks to help from the sophomore who has averaged more than 200 yards per game and scored 12 of the team's 22 touchdowns this season.
LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette says Fournette is also a great guy and teammate off the field.
"He's hard not to like and he's one of those guys that you want to give attention to," said Bonnette.
Bonnette says it's only October and there's a lot of ball left to play, so one of the things they are focusing on is keeping Fournette in check.
He says Coach Les Miles has asked team leaders to keep in mind that Leonard is at LSU to go to school and play football and doesn't want too much on his plate.
"But at the same time you hate to let some of this exposure bypass us and not take advantage of it," says Bonnette. "He's a 50 year kinda guy. You don't know if you'll ever get another one of these."
LSU takes on No. 8 Florida this Saturday night in Tiger Stadium and it's being hailed as one of the most anticipated matchups of the week.
A quote on the SI cover from Fournette says "In that ball, the whole of Louisiana is in your hands."
Bonnette says being on the cover of Sports Illustrated is a huge honor for Leonard and for LSU.
"Shaq and Chris Jackson have been on it. Kevin Faulk after we beat Florida that year in '97 when they were ranked No. 1. Pete Maravich did it once and Tommy Casanova," says Bonnette. "There have been a few, but not very many."