Derrius Guice is the starting running back for the LSU Tigers, and he’s one of the best overall players in the country.
Here’s what you need to know about Guice.
1. Derrius Guice is at home at LSU
Guice is from Baton Rouge, La., so he’s a fully homegrown player for the Tigers. He came to LSU as the No. 2 ranked running back in the nation and a 5-star prospect according to Rivals. After totaling nearly 2,000 yards rushing and receiving and 29 touchdowns as a high school senior, he played in the U.S. Army All-American Game and was selected as the MVP.
2. Derrius Guice can run and catch
Guice is not a one-dimensional running back — he has become a threat catching the ball out of the backfield, too. In his freshman season in 2015, he had 5 catches for 20 yards. That production jumped to 9 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown in 2016. And that MVP performance in the U.S. Army All-American Game? He had receptions of 61 and 92 yards, the second of which resulted in a touchdown and set a game record.
3. Derrius Guice is no longer Leonard Fournette’s backup
In Guice’s first two seasons in Baton Rouge, former LSU star running back Leonard Fournette led the way in the Tigers backfield. However, whenever Fournette missed game action with an ankle injury, Guice stepped in and showed out. As a sophomore he messed around and led the SEC in rushing with 1,387 yards, despite starting only six of the Tigers’ 12 games. After being voted by the coaches to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2015, he was selected by the coaches as first-team All-SEC in 2016. Scout chose him as a first-team All-American. And in the Citrus Bowl game that Fournette sat out, Guice was named MVP. It’s his show now in Baton Rouge.
4. Derrius Guice is a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender
Excluding Reggie Bush, whose 2005 award was vacated, only two running backs have won the Heisman Trophy since 2000 (Alabama’s Derrick Henry and Mark Ingram), but Guice very well could break the mold and take home the trophy. New LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada is bringing a whole new philosophy to the Tigers, but once the ball is snapped, the goal usually remains the same, get the ball to Guice and then get him the ball some more. Through two games, he has 42 carries, 224 yards and 4 touchdowns.
5. Derrius Guice likes to ride ATVs but doesn’t want you to worry
Guice’s idea of fun on a recent off day involved doing a wheelie on an ATV near the woods with his buddies. He and his friend fell off, and the ATV nearly landed on top of them but thankfully did not. Guice posted the video on his Instagram page and indicated in the caption for fans to relax and be quiet because he wasn’t going to hurt himself and was just having fun. Let’s hope it stays that way.