If all goes right for Leonard Fournette this weekend, he will turn attention back to his Heisman Trophy candidacy and away from embarrassing revelations that Louisiana State is reviewing whether one of his family’s business ventures violated NCAA rules.
The encouraging news for the star running back is that he is expected to play Saturday against Arkansas, which would not be the case if university compliance officials had found evidence of a likely violation, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said LSU compliance officials adhere to a practice of banning athletes from play any time there are serious concerns about a possible violation, even if coaches protest.
In Fournette’s case, LSU already had looked into matter once before in 2014, after the short-lived launch of the family’s online store, which was designed to sell “BUGA Nation” products, the person said.
Prescott ready for ’Bama • Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott believes he’s a much better quarterback than at this time a year ago. For the Bulldogs, their next game would be a good time to prove it.
No. 20 Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference; No. 17 CFP) hosts No. 3 Alabama (8-1, 5-1; No. 2 CFP) on Saturday in a game with Western Division implications for both teams.
Prescott has a 21-8 record as a starter and played a critical role in wins over every team in the division at least once in his career. Except against Alabama.
The Bulldogs were the No. 1 team in the nation last season when they fell 25-20 to the Tide.
“I think I’m better in every aspect of the quarterback position,” Prescott said. “Game planning more so than anything — watching tendencies of their defensive backs, putting a clock in my head of when to get the ball out and getting our team the best looks on certain plays with the defenses they give us.”
Allen leading Arkansas • Arkansas’ Brandon Allen has overcome a flurry of criticism in his home state over the last few years to become one of the top quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference.
The senior ranks ninth in the country in passing efficiency following last week’s career-best performance, a 33-of-45 passing effort that led to 442 yards and a school-record six touchdowns in an overtime win over Mississippi.