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LSU’s Leonard Fournette following through on jersey auction plan

LSU and Leonard Fournette will auction the jersey the star running back wore Oct. 10 against the Gamecocks. Proceeds benefit SC flood relief efforts.
LSU and Leonard Fournette will auction the jersey the star running back wore Oct. 10 against the Gamecocks. Proceeds benefit SC flood relief efforts. USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina fans have probably seen enough of LSU running back Leonard Fournette’s No. 7 jersey, but if not, they can take a shot at owning it starting Saturday.

Fournette, the Tigers Heisman Trophy candidate sophomore, said immediately after rushing for 158 yards against the Gamecocks during a 45-24 win on Oct. 10 that he would auction off the jersey he wore that day and give the proceeds to flood relief efforts in South Carolina. That auction will open Saturday at 8 a.m., and LSU has sweetened the pot by adding an LSU helmet signed by Tigers head coach Les Miles and a South Carolina helmet signed by former Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier to the mix. Fournette’s jersey will bear his signature.

Fans wishing to bid on the package can do so at www.LSUauction.net starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. The auction will close at noon Monday, and the opening bid has been set at $7,000.

“Having been through a similar situation with my family during Hurricane Katrina when I was 10 years old, this is something that I wanted to do to help those in need,” Fournette said in a statement released by the school. “The generosity of people helped my family make it through Hurricane Katrina. I’m hopeful that the money raised with this auction can make a difference for those flood victims in South Carolina.”

The Oct. 10 game was scheduled to be played in Williams-Brice Stadium but had to be moved to Baton Rouge due to the effects of the flooding in the Midlands.

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