BATON ROUGE, La. — The world didn’t get to see much of Nick Brossette. But it’s about to see a lot of Nicholas Brossette.
In his third year with the LSU football program, Brossette has seen plenty of things change around him. Heck, he’s on his third position coach in three years. And his newest coach, LSU running backs coach Tommie Robinson, likes to kick it old school. Like, birth certificate old school.
“You can just tell by the way he acts and everything that he’s an old-school guy,” Brossette said. “He calls me Nicholas. I asked him why he don’t call me Nick and he said ‘That’s your real name.’ I had walked in the meeting room yesterday and he said ‘Nicholas, you hit the internet yesterday.’ I was like ‘How?’ He said ‘I called you by your whole name and everybody knows now.’ I just started laughing.”
Poised to play more than ever before under Robinson’s tutelage, Brossette is competing for the backup running back job behind Derrius Guice, the SEC’s leading rusher from a year ago. And one thing that works in Brossette’s favor is his unlikely history with Robinson.
Robinson, who came to LSU from USC, was an assistant coach at Texas when Brossette was in high school. Brossette, a Baton Rouge native, said Robinson worked hard to recruit him to Texas, but Brossette ultimately elected to stay home, a decision Brossette said Robinson still chides him for to this day.
Familiarity aside, Brossette said his main objective this spring is to learn the playbook and do what it takes to get better at the smaller details of running, especially lowering his pad level. Now on his third offensive coordinator as well, if you count Steve Ensminger’s interimship, Brossette is well versed in learning new playbooks.
But Matt Canada’s is a little different.
“It’s simple things, but at the same time it’s a lot,” Brossette said. “You just have to study a lot in the playbook and perfect it on the field.”
And to Brossette, getting good enough to be Guice’s full-time change-of-pace back is rooted in the studying aspect. The junior said “the big thing” for him is learning everything he can about the offense.
Because at the end of the day, the 6-foot, 209 pounder is pretty confident in the physical side.
“Going into this year, I’m ready. I feel like I’m ready,” Brossette said. “I got stronger and faster. I feel like this is going to be a big year for me if I keep doing the little things like my brothers told me before. Everything will take care of itself. It’ll fall in place.”