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LSU's Fournette leads breakout frosh list

7/28/2014
Freshman Leonard Fournette is drawing athletic comparisons to Michael Jordan and Adrian Peterson. Miller Safrit/ESPN

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.