BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU will be represented by running back Derrius Guice, wide receiver D.J. Chark and defensive lineman Christian LaCouture at next week’s SEC Football Media Days in Hoover, Ala.
The three players will join head coach Ed Orgeron in speaking with the media on Monday, the opening day of the four-day spectacle.
The picks to represent the Tigers are not particularly surprising.
Guice is a potential SEC Player of the Year, Heisman Trophy candidate and LSU’s most prominent returning player. The junior running back has 1,823 career yards, 18 touchdowns and a fondness for being on camera.
Chark is by far the most veteran member of LSU’s inexperienced receiving corps. The senior caught 26 passes for 466 yards and three touchdowns last season and figures to be joining Guice as the feature player in Matt Canada’s new offensive scheme. Chark also inherited the No. 7 from Leonard Fournette after Fournette departed for the NFL.
LaCouture figures to be one of the more popular stories of the media days.
He participated in LSU’s senior day ceremonies last November under the presumption that he would head to the NFL. But in the offseason, LaCouture decided to take a redshirt after missing the entire 2016 season and return to the Tigers for 2017. As a result of that, LaCouture will wear No. 18 for LSU this year, which is considered the highest individual honor on the team.
LaCouture, who will move from tackle to defensive end in the 3-4 defense, has 86 career tackles in 37 games.
People who read into things a touch too deeply will likely notice that quarterback Danny Etling is absent from LSU’s list. However, this isn’t unusual. Only six teams are bringing their quarterback to this year’s media days.
SEC Media Days begin Monday with commissioner Greg Sankey opening the event followed by Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, Orgeron and Tennessee’s Butch Jones.