How would LSU coach Les Miles describe Derrius Guice's running style?
"Reckless," he said. "Angry."
"He doesn't like the ground," added Leonard Fournette, the headliner of LSU's rushing attack.
But Guice's performance Saturday proved there's more to the Tigers' backfield than the Heisman favorite. Guice finished with a team-high 161 rushing yards and his first career touchdown.
Included in that were runs of 13, 16, 17, 20, 25 and 39 yards.
This one was probably the most ridiculous:
“Y’all saw today what I see everyday," said right tackle Vadal Alexander. "The guy’s incredible at breaking tackles. He runs hard, and it’s tough to bring him down.”
Most of Guice's action came in the second half. Fournette only got the ball five times after halftime, so that provided Guice his time to shine. He took full advantage.
He ran for 77 yards in the third quarter, 66 more in the fourth.
That's what LSU needs, a complement to Fournette, someone that can step in when he's tired and provide the same amount of fireworks.
Combine Guice with the 61 yards and two touchdowns Darrel Williams provided, and that's the recipe for success.
“It’s knowing I’m not the only guy on the team," Fournette said. "They’re stepping up, and that’s what we need out of them.”
Guice is the kid that worked himself unconscious this summer. He was taken to the hospital after losing consciousness from a series of grueling workouts, pushing himself to limits few others reach.
That fruits of that labor were on display Saturday.
"He can hit home runs whenever," Alexander said. "Derrius is definitely a run-you-over, break tackles kind of guy. Derrius specializes in things like that.”
He certainly has the respect of his teammates. And praise coming from Fournette is about as valuable as it gets.
“He feeds off the older guys," Fournette said. "He tries his best to do better than us. That’s what it’s about, seeing each other do good, and he’s doing a tremendous job.”