Only Leonard Fournette knows for certain how his ankle felt during LSU's preparations for the Citrus Bowl last year, but Tigers coach Ed Orgeron refuted the notion that Fournette could have played and skipped the game with an eye toward NFL draft preparations.

Instead, an emotional Fournette came to him and said he was unable to play, Orgeron said.

"That last game, going into the bowl, Leonard could not play. Leonard came to me in tears. He said, 'Coach, I can't go, I can't play,'" Orgeron said Monday at SEC Media Days. "I said, 'Leonard, I understand, we will not put you in jeopardy, son, don't worry about it. I will tell the media.' Things you heard that he may have skipped the game or whatever, that has nothing to do with anything. In fact, against Florida, he didn't practice all weekend. He wasn't supposed to play. He tried to play. He wanted to play."