BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU coach Ed Orgeron says running back Leonard Fournette has asked to practice this week in preparation for the 25th-ranked Tigers' game against No. 23 Ole Miss on Saturday night.
Orgeron is not committing to playing Fournette against the Rebels, wanting to see how practice goes as the junior running back tries to return from a nagging left ankle injury he aggravated at Auburn on Sept. 24.
Orgeron says the injury took a toll physically and mentally on Fournette, who "wanted to be out there helping the team with this new start," after LSU fired coach Les Miles and installed Orgeron as interim coach.
LSU has won both of its games in the three weeks Fournette has sat out.
Fournette has 386 yards and two touchdowns rushing in three games this season.
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