Last Updated: 2018-01-11
Where have you heard this before? Top notch LSU Tigers’ running back is entering the NFL Draft after his junior season. One year after Leonard Fournette left Baton Rouge for NFL riches, Derrius Guice is headed in the same direction. Guice, a two-time 1,200-yard back is highly touted yet underrated as the 2018 NFL Draft approaches.
After all, he was never supposed to be the savior for the LSU Tigers. Still, Guice burst onto the scene as a freshman with 436 yards on 51 carries. Meaning, he averaged 8.5 yards per carry in his first year. Although Guice never put up those type of numbers again, his productivity increased with a higher workload. During his sophomore season, Guice ran for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns while the aforementioned Fournette nursed various injuries in 2016.
Guice came into the 2017 season neck and neck with Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Stanford’s Bryce Love. However, the Tigers as a whole never gained traction in the national discussion after their loss to Troy. Guice still ran for 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns. Unfortunately, his yard per carry decreased from 7.6 YPC as a sophomore to 5.3 YPC as a junior. Overall, Guice averaged 6.5 yards per carry while gaining 3,074 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Guice presents good size in the backfield. Though he wasn’t used nearly as effective in the passing game, he seems like a running back that should turn into an every down player in the NFL. With Matt Canada as offensive coordinator, Guice caught 18 passes for 124 yards and two scores. He only caught 14 passes in his first two seasons. He also brings a special teams element to the NFL. Guice returned 33 kickoffs during his LSU career. However, he was never in position to return kicks in 2017.
Guice will fit a number of NFL teams looking for a franchise running back. The only question remains is where he will go in the 2018 NFL Draft.
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