LSU's Fournette leads breakout frosh list 

July, 28, 2014
Leonard FournetteMiller Safrit/ESPNFreshman Leonard Fournette is drawing athletic comparisons to Michael Jordan and Adrian Peterson.
As we count down 50 days until the start of the 2014 college football season, ESPN Insider Travis Haney is answering at least one big question a day until South Carolina and Texas A&M’s kickoff on Aug. 28.

Heisman contenders, breakout freshmen, conference winners -- it will all be covered as part of Insider’s Ultimate Season Preview.

Today’s question: Who will be CFB’s breakout freshman? Leonard Fournette at LSU? Speedy Noil at A&M? Jabrill Peppers at Michigan? (No redshirts allowed.)

When your coach and teammates are likening your mental determination to Michael Jordan's and your ahead-of-schedule skill set to Adrian Peterson's, chances are you’re equipped for immediate success.

And that makes LSU’s Fournette -- the running back who coaches are telling me is the most physically developed freshman since Peterson -- is the obvious choice for college football’s breakout freshman.

Beyond natural tools, you have to consider Les Miles’ aggressive approach with first-year players. He doesn’t hide them or downplay their potential importance. He talks boldly about them, which could infuse early shots of confidence.

“We don’t say ‘You’re just a freshman,’” Miles told me last week.