Position: Running Back
Size: 5-11, 212 pounds
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
High School: Catholic
The No. 1 running back in Louisiana coming out of high school and No. 8 overall back in the 2015 class picked LSU twice in his recruitment. Guice committed in May 2014 before reopening his commitment in October. The four-star running back quickly recommitted to LSU after talking with the staff and signed with the Tigers over Alabama, Mississippi State, Texas and others.
The former Catholic star Derrius Guice burst onto the scene with his 161-yard performance against South Carolina. Before his freshman season, Guice passed out during a rough workout getting ready for his first season with the Tigers.
With Guice backing up Fournette, he finished with 8.5 yards per carry on the year and some feel he should have had a bigger role in the offense last season. He showed his speed and shiftiness a lot last season and his strength as well on an impressive 25-yard run in the South Carolina game.
Guice proved already that if LSU needs to lean on a back other than Fournette, the Tigers can. The question becomes how much do they lean on Guice now.
Guice would be a starter at pretty much every team in the country minus a few schools, but as of now, sits behind Leonard Fournette on the depth chart. This season, expect Guice to get an even bigger workload to help take some of the pressure off of Fournette.
It will be tougher for Guice to top his 8.5 yards per carry, but the Tigers do return an offensive line that if not experienced, is talented enough to do a better job blocking than the group did last year.
Guice has said that he's matured this offseason and has renewed buy-in. One thing he's had to work on is leadership with Fournette being hampered by an ankle sprain. He's been relied on to raise the energy level of the running backs group and admitted that has been difficult.
All that said, Guice has little pressure on himself this year. He's already a proven producer for the Tigers, but has to stay healthy and come in and be a spark plug for this offense when Fournette needs a breather.
Guice said that he expects to get a better groove with the rotation under Jabbar Juluke, who plans to use a more consistent rotation than running back than under Frank Wilson, which can help Guice's production.