Some plays just can't be contained though. Freshman running back Derrius Guice had a pair of those in Saturday's scrimmage, and the Baton Rouge product is quickly making a name for himself. The mouths of LSU fans are watering after seeing these runs.
LSU Freshman RB Derrius Guice. Wow. pic.twitter.com/TkO2fVryuL— The LSU Logo (@LSU_Logo) August 23, 2015
I think it's safe to say Guice will be fun to watch this year pic.twitter.com/8GaVktXdV5— The LSU Logo (@LSU_Logo) August 23, 2015
LSU coach Les Miles can't wait to see those types of plays happen in real games against other teams. "I look forward to calling his number," Miles said after Tuesday's scrimmage, another that featured some Guice highlights.
Guice's ability is well documented. He was a four-star prospect coming out of Catholic HS, one of the nation's top running backs. He's already living up to that in his first few months on campus, and he's positioning himself well to have a significant impact during his freshman season.
He turned heads this summer with the effort he put in offseason workouts. He trained so hard, in fact, he fell unconscious and had to be taken to the hospital.
He's fully recovered from that scare though and hasn't let off the gas pedal.
“He has a skill set that’s different than some of our guys," Miles said. "He’s elusive, physical, and a very hard runner. He’s going to continue to develop extremely well for a freshman. He’s in position to carry the ball and be a part of the offensive threat."
While most eyes fall on Leonard Fournette, the star of LSU's running back stable, there are opportunities behind him. LSU RB coach Frank Wilson maintains a regular rotation of four backs, and Guice will get those chances. "Seize the moment whenever the opportunity presents itself," Guice said at LSU Media Day. "So whenever you get the chance, you've got to always make the best of it and do what you've got to do."
Miles would love to read that quote. He tries not to overhype his players, tempering expectations for a kid that still hasn't played his first real college football game. But Miles knows the potential that Guice has.
“I hope that every time we turn to him and give him an opportunity he’ll seize that opportunity and do all the things we ask him to do," Miles said. "if he does that, he’ll have a special freshman year.”
If Guice makes plays like the ones above, it will be quite special, indeed.
Guice is one of four LSU players trending upward through the second half of preseason practices