Leonard Fournette balks at the notion of Derrius Guice stepping out of his shadow
The comparisons between former LSU running back Leonard Fournette and current starter Derrius Guice may go on forever.
The Advocate raised the issue again in recent days as it reported that, “Guice is removed from his role as second fiddle, out from Leonard Fournette’s 6-foot-2, 230-pound shadow and into a spotlight that he admits has overwhelmed him this offseason.”
“I’ve waited my whole life for this chance,” Guice was quoted as saying. “I asked for it. It’s my time.”
The comparison comes as Guice has received plenty of preseason accolades. He’s on several preseason All-America teams, Sports Illustrated called him one of 40 “freaks” in college football and his betting odds are in the top 15 nationally to win the Heisman Trophy, the paper noted.
Guice is projected as a first-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, ranked among the top running backs available. Despite the comparisons between the two backs, Fournette isn’t buying into the belief that Guice has to emerge at all.
Check out Fournette’s response to the article on Guice’s emergence:
He never was in my shadow, when he first got to LSU i told him I'll lead him in the right way and he'll find out what being the best is like https://t.co/GanpIBgAm4
— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) August 18, 2017
Guice was second in the SEC last season in rushing with 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns. Of course, many of those yards came with Fournette out injured as he played in just seven games last season.
One of the more intriguing storylines of the season is how new LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada plans to use Guice.
Guice is also in line to break Fournette’s LSU career record for yards per carry (6.19). Guice currently holds a 7.79 yards-per-carry average.