For Jacksonville Jaguars rising star rookie running back Leonard Fournette, his Week 5 performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers stands out as his best game all season. Not just because he rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, but those two touchdown runs happen to be his personal favorite plays from the entire 2017 NFL season.
After star cornerback Jalen Ramsey recorded the first of five interceptions on the day of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Jaguars drove down the field in search of their first points of the day. Early in the second quarter on second and goal, Fournette leaped from about the three-yard line into the end zone for a two-yard touchdown and Jacksonville’s first lead of the game.
Fournette’s other favorite touchdown of the year was his longest run of the year, as the Jags running back exploded for a 90-yard touchdown run that put an exclamation point on a surprising 30-9 Jacksonville victory.
In an article written by Michael DiRocco of ESPN, Fournette said that his run early in the fourth quarter against the Steelers when he subtly taunted safety Mike Mitchell before hitting him wasn’t even one of his favorites on the season.
The play that Fournette was asked about, which was posted on Twitter back in October by Big Cat Country, can be viewed below:
🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨LEONARD FOURNETTE WAVED ON THE HIT! pic.twitter.com/5MaNCZ5zMd
— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) October 8, 2017
However, he can’t wait to face Mitchell again on Sunday when the Steelers and Jags square off in their rematch at Heinz Field.
“I don’t rank that one,” Fournette said. “Like I said, it’s competing, really. He’s a great safety and can’t wait to get at it with him once again.”
Will the Steelers be able to keep the Jags’ star running back in check this time? They sure want to, as the Pittsburgh defense seems to be howling for revenge on Fournette in the AFC divisional round.