Five-star trio shines at Kyle Field

Leonard Fournette, Jamal Adams and Speedy Noil were three of the best recruits in the country for the 2014 class. All three showed exactly why Thursday.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Think back to the 2014 Under-Armour All-American Game.

LSU landed commitments from five-stars Leonard Fournette and Jamal Adams. Texas A&M picked up another five-star in Speedy Noil, as he spurned the home state school to play for the Aggies. All three were the No. 1 player at their respective positions.

Most everyone expected that day would signal the start of something special from that trio. And now that the season has passed, it’s fair to say they’ve lived up to those standards — and then some.

All three were on display Thursday at Kyle Field, showing exactly why they earned such lofty rankings as recruits.

Fournette led LSU in rushing with a career-high 146 yards, his fourth 100-yard game of the season. He also recorded a 22-yard touchdown against the Aggies, capping it off with a thunderous trucking of an outmatched defensive back.

Adams did his part on the defensive side of the ball, leading the team with eight tackles — seven of them solo.

“Both guys are going to have great careers,” Miles said. “They both have enthusiasm for play and hard work. Jamal Adams has so much energy, and Leonard’s such a mature freshman. My gosh. Both those guys are special players. We’d like to have a great freshman class come along side that, and we’ll be pretty something this next year.”

But don’t forget about Noil either. Had LSU gotten their way, he would’ve been reeling in highlight passes in the purple and gold this season. Instead he’s doing it in maroon, and he had one particularly remarkable play Thursday.

Going one-on-one against Tre’Davious White, Noil leapt up higher than the LSU corner to sky for a 27-yard touchdown pass that cut the Tigers’ lead at the time to only three.

Miles called it a “spectacular play.” Adams said Noil “played one hell of a game.”

“It was exciting seeing Speedy play again,” Fournette said. “Since high school, he’s been like a brother to me.”

While LSU fans certainly wish Noil would’ve chosen the Tigers back in January, they certainly can’t feel too bad when you consider what Fournette and Adams have done this year.

Fournette led the team with 891 rushing yards this season and eight touchdowns on the ground, emerging as LSU’s bona fide feature back.

Adams did a little bit of everything this season, recording 56 tackles, three for loss. He had three quarterback hurries and a sack. He broke up four passes, working in several different spots on this defense.

LSU fans had incredibly high expectations for both Adams and Fournette. They took those in stride though, and left their mark on this program with remarkable freshman seasons.

“We came out and did what they asked us to do,” Adams said. “We didn’t try to be superheroes, but we definitely made plays for our team and helped the team out.”


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