BATON ROUGE, La. — Anyone who looked at the rushing stats from the LSU football team’s first fall scrimmage last weekend could notice that one name was missing: Nick Brossette.
Derrius Guice carried seven times for 23 yards. Darrel Williams went eight times for 40 yards. Even freshman Clyde Edwards-Helaire was listed at six carries for 19 yards. But not a peep from Brossette, a junior running back from Baton Rouge.
The natural assumption was that Brossette had been jumped on the depth chart by Edwards-Helaire. But on Tuesday, Brossette explained that isn’t exactly the case.
“I really didn’t play the last scrimmage because I had hurt my back,” Brossette said. “But this scrimmage is going to be better. It was sometime last week in practice but it wasn’t really a big deal.”
Brossette said the injury was a non-contact one and he feels better now. With this being the case, it’s likely LSU’s coaching staff limited Brossette’s action out of precaution, especially with the Tigers’ offensive line missing so many starters up front.
Still, Brossette has some catching up to do on the depth chart. Guice is deeply entrenched as LSU’s starter, and as one of the handful of best backs in the country. Williams has seemingly solidified his standing as Guice’s spell back, and Edwards-Helaire is one of LSU football coach Ed Orgeron’s biggest surprises of camp with his potential to profile as a third-down back.
But Brossette sees himself in a similar role, especially given his ability to catch passes and protect the quarterback.
“Right now, it’s a lot,” Brossette said of his list of responsibilities. “We’re doing a lot of third-down things and pass protection. I think I’m good with all that.”
The University High product also said he’s lined up a little bit in the slot as a receiver and caught passes all over the field. According to Brossette, his usage is dependent on the personnel packages offensive coordinator Matt Canada uses, but he’s comfortable playing just about anywhere.
However, that isn’t exactly a unique trait in this versatile backfield.
“I think we all can do everything on the field to be honest,” Brossette said of LSU’s stable of running backs. “There’s really nothing that I feel like we can’t all do.”