LSU coach Les Miles thinks a running back on his roster will eventually make it to the NFL, but he wasn’t talking about Heisman Trophy favorite Leonard Fournette or 5-star true freshman Derrius Guice.
Miles spoke highly of tailback Darrel Williams during his press conference Wednesday evening. The 6-1, 232-pound running back resembles a battering ram and runs with plenty of power. However, he has mainly played second fiddle behind Fournette. Williams has accumulated 250 yards and two touchdowns on 45 carries this season. Williams’ small sample size aside, Miles believes his backup tailback will get to the pros.
“We have a number of guys (who produce in the backfield),” Miles said according to The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais. “Darrel Williams is a big, strong, powerful back who will play in the NFL a number of years.”
The Tigers could potentially have three NFL-caliber tailbacks in their current backfield. Fournette, who leads the nation in rushing yards per game and is the front-runner for the Heisman, will be a no-brainer first-round pick when he becomes eligible for the NFL Draft in 2017.
Freshman Derrius Guice cannot be forgotten, either. The tailback actually out-gained Fournette by three yards and flashed some of his impressive potential during LSU’s resounding victory over South Carolina two weeks ago. Guice is an impressive runner who possesses a slashing and momentous style as a tailback.
“I think he’s pretty talented,” Miles said of Guice after the South Carolina game “Angry. Number of ways to describe his running style.”
LSU has been regarded as “DBU” because of the program’s ability to generate a great number of professional defensive backs. The program may have to change its slogan to “RBU” once this crop of tailbacks has made its impact.