LSU coach Ed Orgeron told the media on the SEC coaches teleconference on Wednesday that he plans to use all three running backs against Ole Miss, including Leonard Fournette, Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams.
"We're going to keep the rotation there. I actually asked him yesterday how he thought his conditioning was and it was fine. Obviously we're going to give him the football," Orgeron said. "We think he looks full speed in the first two practices, but we are going to monitor him to make sure he's okay, but we plan on using all three backs."
Fournette is set to make his return for LSU after missing the past two games against Missouri and Southern Miss. On the season, Fournette has 386 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 5.76 yards per play. Guice meanwhile has 562 yards with six touchdowns while averaging a whopping 9.10 yards per carry. Williams has 163 yards and three touchdowns on the year.
With LSU's emphasis on rotating players, the running back rotation should be a big piece of the puzzle now that Fournette is back for the Tigers. Under Orgeron, LSU has rotated backs to keep them fresh while under Les Miles, Guice and Williams saw limited carries with a healthy Fournette.
Donte Jackson back at kick returner
Orgeron also said the sophomore defensive back Donte Jackson will continue to return kicks and eventually add punt returning to his duties. Jackson had two kick returns for 53 yards against Southern Miss last Saturday.
"We do his like ability to break the long one. We think he has a great ability to secure the ball. He has tremendous vision at the time of making decisions," Orgeron said. "Derrius Guice was getting more carries so we wanted to get him a big of a break so we wanted to give Donte a chance to return kicks and hopefully punts."
Last year, Jackson averaged just over 20 yards a return on eight returns for 164 yards. With his elite speed, LSU hopes Jackson can break open a return and do the same eventually in punt returns. Currently, Tre'Davious White is the primary punt return man and has a touchdown on the season doing so.