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Leonard Fournette ignored Auburn trash talk last season, teammates didn’t

LSU running back Leonard Fournette speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 14, 2016.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 14, 2016. AP

Leonard Fournette has fond memories of making Auburn safety Rudy Ford eat his words.

“What I can say man? It was a great game,” Fournette said at SEC Media Days.

When Ford previewed the annual game against his team’s SEC West rival in September. his controversial take on stopping running back went viral.

“That shouldn't be difficult, that much, of a challenge,” Ford said.

Fournette responded with a career performance against Auburn, rushing for a career-high 228 yards with three touchdowns.

In what coach Gus Malzahn described as the program’s worst loss in two-plus years on the Plains, Fournette set a new career-best by halftime, closing out the second quarter with a 40-yard touchdown run to put LSU up 24-0. Fournette ran over Blake Countess on the way to the end zone while Ford ducked away from the play.

"Words are words, and this game is about playing," Fournette said after the win.

Fournette, who was named to the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list Thursday morning, said the situation still resonates with him because of the way his teammates responded.

“As far as talking trash and stuff, I wasn’t really worried about it because I’ve been dealing with it my whole life,” Fournette said. “The players took it kind of personal, that’s my team at the end of the day they have my back like I have theirs.”

Fournette and Ford will be on the same field again when Auburn hosts LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sept. 24. The running back didn’t add any fuel to the fire, but is looking forward to the matchup.

“Can’t wait to play Auburn this year,” Fournette said with a smile.

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