Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

LSU's Derrius Guice entering National Football League draft

LSU's Derrius Guice entering National Football League draft

Guice is the latest draft-eligible Tiger to enter the NFL Draft, joining defensive backs Kevin Toliver and Donte Jackson, offensive lineman Toby Weathersby and linebacker Arden Key.

His departure along with the departure of senior backup Darrel Williams means the top returning rusher for the Tigers is senior-to-be Nick Brossette, who rushed for 78 yards this season. Much like Leonard Fournette past year, Guice could have an immediate impact in the NFL. named him a first-team All-America selection and he earned both first-and second-team honors from the SEC coaches as a first-team running back and second-team all-purpose player. He was even better as a sophomore, piling up 1,387 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. He had five 100-yard performances this past season, including a 276-yard effort against Ole Miss. The first came last season against Arkansas, when the tailback posted 252 in a win.

Over his career, Guice notched 3,074 yards on 471 carries and scored 29 touchdowns on the ground. He finishes his career with a remarkable average of 6.5 yards per carry.

Guice, 5-foot-11, 214, isn't the brutish runner Fournette is, but he's more well-rounded, possessing the acceleration and ball carrier vision to find the quick holes and shoot through them, something the Redskins' running backs have struggled doing for years now. He added two more receiving touchdowns - from 20 yards and from 2 yards out - in LSU's 21-17 loss on New Year's Day to Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl.

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