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Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette and LSU junior Derrius Guice prepare for the Tigers' 2016 game versus Arkansas.

Bayou Bengal Briefing: It’s unfair to keep comparing Derrius Guice to Leonard Fournette

Nick Suss

Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Nick Suss. Today we comment on comments, clean up some previous business, make Forrest Gump references and more. Enjoy!

Obligatory Derrius Guice section

As’s Ron Higgins pointed out Monday, Derrius Guice got some high praise at the SEC Media Days. Namely, Ole Miss defensive tackle Breeland Speaks said Guice has the potential to be better than former LSU All-American Leonard Fournette.

Speaks isn’t the first person to express this belief. Spend a minute on Twitter and you’ll find a wasteland of tweets comparing and contrasting the two. But it’s unfair to both Guice and Fournette to juxtapose the two of them against one another.

It’s not my place to argue whether Fournette or Guice is better. But it’s counterproductive to reduce Guice’s potential to better or worse than Fournette’s. He’s a different kind of back in a drastically different offense than the one Fournette was in two years ago when healthy.

For Guice to thrive, he’ll need to be asked to do things in the passing game and in space that Fournette was never asked to do. Just as Guice would never be asked to bruise up the middle 25 times a game as Fournette often was.

I get that the comparison is easy. Fournette was an All-American and a top-five NFL draft pick. Those are the standards Guice has to live up to. But just as Steve Young wasn’t Joe Montana and Aaron Rodgers isn’t Brett Favre, it’s possible to replace a legend by being different than the legend.

That’s Guice’s job now.

Your weekly LSU football poll results

In the Bayou Bengal Briefing Monday, I asked you to vote on which LSU football player you believed was the biggest snub from the preseason All-SEC teams. Here are your results.


Senior wide receiver D.J. Chark and sophomore linebacker Devin White split the top of the board, each earning 35 percent of the vote. Junior cornerback Kevin Toliver II took third place with 20 percent of the vote, followed by safety John Battle with 8 percent and offensive lineman Toby Weathersby with 2 percent.

I believe this is the first vote we’ve ever had in a Bayou Bengal Briefing that ended in a tie. So I’ll put on my vice presidential hat and break it with a vote for Devin White, the best LSU player that no one outside of Baton Rouge is talking about.

Check back to the Bayou Bengal Briefing every Monday for more LSU football poll questions.

Elsewhere on SEC Country

Alex Hickey kicked off our countdown to LSU fall camp Monday with a post previewing the Tigers quarterback situation. (Yes, there’s a poll you can vote on in there too.)

We will be counting down every position on the LSU offense and defense over the next two weeks as we get ready for camp, which begins on July 30. Be sure to stay posted to SEC Country over that time to showcase your confidence, or lack thereof, in LSU’s various strength and weaknesses.

Former player does something notable, part 1

LaVar Ball is up to his usual antics again, and this time he called out Shaquille O’Neal. Ball challenged the LSU legend to a 2-on-2 basketball game between Ball and his youngest son LaMelo and Shaq and his son Shareef.

In classic Shaq fashion, the Big Aristotle made a lip-syncing video wearing a blonde wig. Words don’t do it justice, or make sense. Just click here and see for yourself.

Former player does something notable, part 2

Remember Jarvis Green? The former LSU defensive end and two-time Super Bowl winner? That guy? Yeah. Apparently he has a shrimp business now.

Yeah. Green will be showcasing his new shrimp company Oceans 97 on QVC this Wednesday. So, if you have nothing better to do, watch QVC for Green’s sales pitch. Hopefully it’ll be a little something like this.

Credit where credit is due

LSU is again well represented on the annual New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Banquet guest list. LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux will be awarded as the Outstanding College Coach of the year, and LSU track and field’s Aleia Hobbs will be crowned the Outstanding Female Amateur.

Additionally, the Edna Karr football team was named the outstanding boys’ prep team. Karr was the home of LSU wideout Racey McMath a year ago and has produced other Tigers such as Andre Anthony and Donnie Alexander.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at, today is “National Hamiltons Day.” Apparently this was a holiday invented by TGI Fridays celebrating the fact that you can buy a rack of ribs for 10 dollars, or one Alexander Hamilton.

But that’s a silly, commercial reason for having a holiday. There are so many better things you can do with a Hamilton. For instance, buy some Mr. Pibb and Red Vines. It’s crazy delicious.

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