The Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette has been a revelation. He's been one of the best backs in football this season, and has burst onto the scene over the last few weeks with big yardage totals and splash plays. After a performance against the Rams that saw him gain 130 yards on the ground, including a 75 yard touchdown run, Fournette is entering some rare air in terms of the statistical pace he is on. The sprained ankle he suffered near the end of the Jaguars loss to the Rams could put a damper on his stellar rookie season, if it forces him to miss any time, but if Fournette stays healthy all year he's on pace to do some magic stuff.
The Jaguars single season record for rushing yards is held by Maurice Jones-Drew who rushed for 1,606 yards in 2017. Fournette is on pace to fall just short of that number with 1,589 yards, however if you look at his more recent performances they might suggest that Fournette could set the single season record for the Jaguars. Over the last three weeks he's averaged over 132 yards a game - if he can continue to stack those kinds of performances together he'll have a shot at Mojo's record, but even if he just keeps up his six game pace, he'll pass Fred Taylor's best mark of 1,572 rushing yards in 2003. Needless to say Fournette is off to an impressive start in terms of rushing yards. He's also nipping at the heels of Kareem Hunt for the NFL rushing title. Hunt's lead, that once looked insurmountable, is now down to just 34 yards.
Just as important as the yardage totals is finding the end zone. Fournette has shown an exceptional gift for reaching pay dirt. Through six games he has seven total touchdowns (6 rushing, 1 receiving). That puts him on pace to score 18 total touchdowns this season - one more than Fred Taylor scored as a rookie, when he set the Jaguars franchise record that still stands today.
The fact that Leonard Fournette has been able to do so much as a rookie is truly astounding. Add to it the fact that defenses know he's going to get the ball and this magical rookie season becomes even more impressive and improbable.
Stay tuned as we track Leonard Fournette's chase for the Jaguars record books in 2017!
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