BATON ROUGE, La. — Leonard Fournette has plenty of love for Derrius Guice. But he doesn’t think of Guice like his little brother.
“It’s more like big brother and little sister,” Fournette said jokingly, playing the room for a laugh. “I just love little Derrius, man. We’re two different people. But when we come on the football field, we’re the same.”
Based on their production this season, Fournette’s assessment that the two are the same person on the field is more or less accurate. Both are on pace to rush for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and both have broken LSU records within the last month, Fournette for single-game rushing yards (284) and Guice for the longest carry from scrimmage (96 yards).
They both also take pride in their speed, with Guice going as far as to believe that he’s faster than Fournette.
Fournette thinks this is foolish.
“He thinks he’s faster than me,” Fournette said. “Like I told him before: I have never got caught by nobody on a football field. And he has. [If we raced], I’d win.”
Tight end Colin Jeter, a neutral third-party in this debate, agreed that Fournette would probably win a hypothetical race between the two backs, even with Fournette battling a sprained left ankle.
About that ankle sprain
Fournette said he’s still dealing with lingering soreness from the injury, which sustained in training camp and re-aggravated in LSU’s losses to Wisconsin and Auburn. The junior said he is “taking it day-by-day” since the injury itself hasn’t fully healed.
“I’ve just been playing with it each and every day,” Fournette said. “I had a high- and low-ankle sprain and I had a bruise. Just dealing with all that at one time. It’s hard, but I’ll fight through it. Probably just the bone bruise [has healed]. But the low- and high-ankle sprains are still there.”
Fournette said he plans on practicing Tuesday afternoon and has been rehabbing the injury every day. It would be a surprise to him if he were not able to play Saturday against Florida.