“He Looked Just Like He Did In College”

September 14th, 2022

Playoff Lenny

If you ask Leonard Fournette about Derrick Henry rushing for 2,219 yards for the University of Alabama in 2015, and Fournette finishing that season with 1,953 yards, you’ll get a lightning-fast response.

“He played in three more games,” Fournette will say with urgency.

And Playoff Lenny is correct, he rumbled for 1,953 yards that season on 300 carries in just 12 games for LSU. It was one of the most eye-opening displays of running back dominance Joe had seen. Yes, Henry was amazing but Fournette averaged one more yard per carry.

So Joe’s ears perked up when Todd Bowles was talking last night on the Buccaneers Radio Network about how Fournette played against the Cowboys on Sunday, when he was mowing over defenders en route to a 127-yard night on just 21 carries.

“He looked just like he did in college,” Bowles said, adding that Fournette was extra special because of how finished runs with his shoulders and with power.

Joe is fired up, as is Playoff Lenny.

Bowles has implied many times that the Bucs’ run blocking is significantly improved this season. If that’s the case, and Fournette is channeling his college style and dominance, James Wilder’s single-season Bucs rushing record of 1,544 yards (1984) could be in play.

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39 Responses to ““He Looked Just Like He Did In College””

  1. Goatfarmer Says:

    Layin’ the Wood Lenny gonna have 2000 yards from scrimmage this year. Need to crank up his screen game, after he wrecks Cam Jordan on his way out.

  2. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Hope he’s still healthy. He came up lame in the 4th quarter. Guess we’ll find out today.

  3. gotbbucs Says:

    That was his first game as a Buc where he actually looked like he wanted to punish defenders. He’s in the process of winning me over if it continues like that.
    Oh and the chip on Parsons was epic.

  4. Upstate NY BUC Says:

    Lenny will be fine health wise, took him out for rest…. He did his damage and now on to New Orleans to continue his mission!! Man I hate the Saints!!!!

  5. Netwalker Says:

    That was no chip block. That was chunk.

  6. Netwalker Says:

    A lot of people across the league are whining about that hard hit by Lenny on Parsons. Yet defenders pride themselves on laying out receivers with equally hard hits to ‘send a message’. It’s the nature of football.

  7. Bucanero Says:

    Superstar Lenny

  8. orlbucfan Says:

    Fournette was a stud when Jax drafted him. Lenny just got tired of all the losing and lousy Jags teams. He still has plenty of life left, and now he’s got a SB ring and plays on a Division champ team. Hope he nails a few NOLA slimeballs Sunday.

  9. Bucs Win Says:

    *Not Bucs related*
    Brownie the Elf? Is that real??

  10. Fartin Martin Says:

    Wilder played in how many games that year ?

  11. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I remember him back at LSU. He was a very dominate running back.
    I agree that our run blocking is vastly improved, even w/o Gronk.
    The true test will be the Saints on Sunday.

  12. SB~LV Says:

    Yep! He has his head screwed on right… “ now “

  13. Goatfarmer Says:

    Lenny has to be one of everyone’s’ favorite Bucs by now. I’d like to see a lot of he and Ko in the backfield together. With Brate at TE (who blocked well on Sunday, btw) with Julio and Mike, and also with Julio Mike and Gage.

    Assuming Godwin will be resting the hammy.

  14. Duane Says:

    I think Lenny is the most talented back this franchise ever had. He is getting better every year with this team, and I have no problem with him getting 1500 yards at the expense of Brady and the passing games’ numbers. This team does not have to be a finesse team with the size and strength that they can field on any given Sunday. A stingy defense and a solid run game will crush just as many souls as a high octane passing attack. It also exposes the Goat to less punishment.

  15. Jerseybuc Says:

    How could you not love this dude? He does everything asked of him he’s a straight baller runs n catches.

    Anyone hear from cockroach George?

  16. Steven007 Says:

    Jersey, I’ve called out George several times on several different posts. He’s hiding. I invited him to man up and admit he was wrong about a couple things. Which would actually garner some respect around here. Nope.

  17. Infomeplease Says:

    The GM that let Lenny walk made the biggest mistake of his sorry a__ career!!! His loss is our gain!!! LFG!!

  18. Brandon Says:

    That was his best game, by far, as a Buc. He kept his legs moving, he ran through contact, and was good in the passing game.

  19. George Says:

    Playoff Lenny is a huge asset for this team

  20. DG060 Says:

    I have 2 tissues here. One for Micah Parsons and one for Von Miller.

  21. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Micah Parsons is crying because he’s embarrassed he got put on his backside by a running back, albeit Leonard Fournette is a force of one. It was a sight to behold.

  22. Steven007 Says:

    George, what about that line he ran behind?

  23. Cobraboy Says:

    Maybe Fournette can “chip” Jordan like he “chipped” Parsons.

    He’d be my hero.

    Is there a stat for a RB pancake blocks?

  24. SCBucsFan Says:

    I’m pumped about the running game. I am a little worried about pass protection. Tom didn’t look too comfortable back there. I’m not sure if it was a little rust or his personal life affecting him or if he just don’t trust his line that much. I believe they will get better with time but a little worried about the slime ball saints d line this week. I hope BL mixes the play calling up and isn’t so predictable. Establish the running game but not up the middle on first down everytime getting us into obvious passing situations on 3rd down too often can get Tom in trouble this week. I hate the saints but they have an excellent line. Better than the boys have for sure. We need to play physical and got then in the mouth right out the gate to let them know it’s different team this year!!

  25. geno711 Says:

    From the archives for all the George fans, myself included:

    George Says:
    September 8th, 2022 at 7:41 am
    Our offensive line problems are too big to overcome. Lots of 3 and punts . Dallas will dominate time of possession and win easily.

    George Says:
    September 8th, 2022 at 7:47 am
    This is going to be a disaster at center and left guard . This is the NFL and opponents will exploit this weakness relentlessly. Until Bucs can bring in proven talent we are looking at 6-11 type season
    Bucs will probably have to line up a fullback for extra blocking protection on passes

    George Says:
    September 10th, 2022 at 10:01 am
    There is no key to the game. Bucs offensive line has a gaping hole in the middle . Brady will be sacked under relentless pressure and we will have a succession of 3 and outs .
    The Bucs defense is improved , however they will be on the field for an extended period of time . Eventually they will wear our .
    I am a looking at something like a 27-3 Cowgirls win.

    George Says:
    September 10th, 2022 at 5:51 pm
    Cowboys sack total will be approaching double digits
    Licht has done nothing about bringing in some legitimate offensive line talent
    What a waste of Tom Brady talent

    and my favorite because he mentions that he thinks that Licht has too big of an “ego” to admit that he screwed up.

    George Says:
    September 9th, 2022 at 5:45 pm
    Luke is going to be completely manhandled . Brady will likely get knocked out of the game.
    This whole offensive line imbroglio is the ultimate sign of management incompetence . Here the Bucs are with The Goat who is in prime form as evidenced by being rated number one by his peers . However are management is too cheap, naive or ,mostly likely , has to be an ego to admit they have screwed up

  26. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I’m with you Cobra! Of all the players in the league I’d love to see Playoff Lennie pancake mouthy Cam Jordan tops my list.

  27. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I love you dude. You are our resident troll killer here! Somebody needs to keep tabs on these trolls who come here and post weak sauce like you’ve just shown from “George”.

  28. BuddhaBuc Says:

    Lumberjack Lenny gonna slam Cam!

  29. Crickett Baker Says:

    Geno, I have asked repeatedly but no one has told me how to find the archives on this site. I thought I have looked everywhere. Would you tell me? PS Glad you showed George.
    BTW, I can’t watch Lenny’s block without smiling, and I bet I’ve watched it almost 20x.

  30. Goatfarmer Says:

    Wow. That Gayorge is a veritable fargin’ Nostradamus..

  31. Biff Barker Says:

    Personally, I enjoyed watching Lenny the punisher.
    Much more please. It was refreshing to see the Bucs playing on a more physical level on both sides of the ball. Credit is due to Bowles. The Bucs came ready to play. Winning the first game of this grueling opening schedule is the way to start the season. Bring on the Saints.

  32. Kris Says:

    Lenny should show up to camp overweight more often

  33. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Pancake Lenny. IHOP needs this dude in a commercial. Or Better yet Denny’s. rhymes with Lenny.

  34. mark2001 Says:

    Geno. Have to give George credit for one thing… he is consistent… consistently wrong, that is.

  35. mark2001 Says:

    Kris. I think last game was sending a loud and clear message to the league that they were wrong about him being overweight and out of shape. And he was not going to idly sit buy while being disrespected and receive the brunt of jokes about him. I just hope he keeps that anger going all season.

  36. mark2001 Says:

    Listening to George kind of reminds me of the time, years ago, when fans actually tried to make a case for the belief that coaching made no difference in the NFL. After all, the guys were all paid well, and who needs more motivation? And they have been playing for years, so who needs more instruction?

    Well, after seeing what foolish notions those were, some still don’t get that we have at least one or more good evaluators of talent, particularly Offensive line talent, and that we have some great coaches, well skilled at developing young talent if they have basic NFL physical talent, enough grey matter between the ears, and a heart that burns hot and loves football.

  37. dbbuc711 Says:

    Wonder how many of the Saints pass rushers might be a half-step slower because they are worried about Lenny blasting them

  38. orlbucfan Says:

    Hey listen, when you’ve been a loyal, long suffering fan of this team like I have, you have a skeptical chip to deal with. Plus, you can spot and get real sick of the trolls and BS artists like George, etc. real quick. I am thrilled to death that HC Bowles is completing this defensive project he started with 3 years ago. I will know next Sunday for sure that this Bucs D is going to be right up there with Dungy’s legendary D back a few years ago. And that isn’t even taking the rest of the team into the analysis. I might be an old fart now, but it’s fun being a Bucs fan!!

  39. Rod Munch Says:

    I’m telling you, drafting White is the best thing the Bucs did here. White doesn’t just look like a good future back, he talks s— and has said he’s coming for Fournette’s job. That seems to have motivated Lenny, because I thought he looked as good as I’ve seen him since he’s been here on Sunday night. He’s always been faster than people think – he’s so big and runs in a style that doesn’t look fast but is fast – but the bigger thing was his quickness, he seemed quicker than I’ve seen him before with the Bucs. Flat out, Sunday, was the first time that Fournette has ever looked special to me. He has looked good, but never like a guy that was picked top 10 in the draft, on Sunday, he did look the part. Hopefully he keeps it up, because he’s a huge weapon if he’s moving and running like that.