BATON ROUGE, La. — Training camp is fast approaching, which means it is time to start thinking LSU football. SEC Country is counting down the days until camp with a position-by-position preview of how the Tigers stack up.
We start this week with the offense. Next week, the defense. And the week after that, the Tigers will be starting camp.
Yep, football season is right around the corner.
The superstar: Derrius Guice
Most positions have battles in training camp. Running back is no exception, only in this case the battle is to identify LSU’s No. 2 back. Derrius Guice is the most obvious starter on the LSU roster, if not the entire SEC.
Guice went into last season as Leonard Fournette’s No. 2 and ended up carrying most of the load as Fournette was hobbled by an ankle sprain. Guice set LSU’s single-game rushing record against Texas A&M (285 yards) and had the longest run from scrimmage in LSU history (96 yards) against Arkansas.
If Matt Canada’s new offensive scheme opens up the box, Guice promises to be one of the most exciting and prodigious runners in college football this season.
“Everything we do this season is going to be based around our best player, Derrius Guice,” Ed Orgeron said at SEC Media Days.
The other guys
In an effort to keep Guice fresh, the Tigers will try their best to develop a reliable rotation of backs behind him. Here’s a look at who will be picking up the slack when Guice is given a breather:
At media days, Orgeron listed Williams as the next Tiger up. Williams is the biggest back on the roster, listed at 233 pounds, though Orgeron said he “lost a lot of weight.” He’ll still be expected to be a bruiser, but the lost weight could add speed to his step.
Williams had 52 carries for 243 yards as a junior last season.
Fun fact: Brossette led all LSU rushers last season with an average of 9.7 yards per carry. Unfortunately, the feat of being darn-near an automatic first down on every carry was watered down by the fact he got only 15 garbage-time carries.
Nevertheless, Brossette’s explosiveness does demand an answer to what he is capable of doing in the first half against front-line defenses.
A Google search of Lanard Fournette is to the point: he is identified first and foremost as “Leonard Fournette’s brother.”
But the younger Fournette had an impressive enough spring to make the jump from being a random guy on the roster with a famous name to someone who could fill the role Williams and Brossette held last season.
Edwards-Helaire follows in Guice’s footsteps from Baton Rouge Catholic High. He even did one thing at the high school level that Guice did not: played on the varsity squad as a freshman.
Edwards-Helaire’s performance in camp probably will go a long way in determining whether he makes it onto the field as a freshman in college. With his unusual body type — 5-foot-8 and 200 pounds with elusive speed — he has a chance at being a third-down back.
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