Bayou Bengal Briefing: What’s LSU RB Derrius Guice trying to prove by playing vs. Syracuse?
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That was unexpected
Less than 24 hours after declaring him out for LSU’s game on Saturday against Syracuse, LSU coach Ed Orgeron cleared star running back Derrius Guice to play this weekend in his press conference Thursday night.
Guice, who sustained a minor knee injury last Saturday against Mississippi State, petitioned to Orgeron and LSU director of athletic training Jack Marucci to practice Thursday, then after feeling and looking good, was cleared to play Saturday. He’ll be limited in what he can do, but he’ll be lacing up, which obviously helps LSU’s offense.
But the bigger question here is this: What is Guice trying to prove by coming back early from an injury? Syracuse is a team LSU should be able to beat with or without Guice. Darrel Williams is a capable backup and Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are usable backs behind him. Not to mention quarterback Danny Etling and his squadron of matchup nightmares at wide receiver taking deep shots down the field.
My guess is Guice is trying to set a tone after last week. The way LSU lost to Mississippi State was rough. And like it or not, Guice is the face of LSU football. If he didn’t play this week, there’d be questions about his role on the team, both as a leader and a performer.
Now that he’s fighting through the injury, he proves two things:
- He wants to play, regardless of the opponent and …
- When LSU is facing adversity, Guice wants to be the player who gets the team through it.
Will Guice break off for 200 yards and four touchdowns? Probably not. But his presence could go a long way toward righting a lot of LSU’s wrongs. And that might be the biggest gain of all.
CFP: College Football Parody
As regular readers of the Bayou Bengal Briefing know, I don’t write my game predictions; I sing them.
After more than 1,200 people watched my song last week (wow), College Football Parody is back with my LSU-Syracuse song. It’s a parody of the R.E.M. classic Orange Crush, simply titled The Orange. Watch it below for my score prediction and analysis previewing LSU-Syracuse.
Who else is playing?
Guice is in. Who else will lace up for LSU though? Here’s my best bet at what LSU’s offensive and defensive starting lineups will look like Saturday:
QB: Danny Etling
RB: Derrius Guice
WR: D.J. Chark, Russell Gage
TE: Foster Moreau
OL: K.J. Malone, Garrett Brumfield, Will Clapp, Ed Ingram, Toby Weathersby
DL: Christian LaCouture, Greg Gilmore, Rashard Lawrence
LB: Corey Thompson, Devin White, Tyler Taylor, Arden Key
CB: Donte Jackson, Greedy Williams
S: John Battle, Grant Delpit
In the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Thursday, we talked about how Pro Football Focus graded Tre’Davious White as the best rookie cornerback in the NFL. Well, add another LSU rookie defender to the top of the leaderboard.
The highest graded rookie safeties in the NFL so far this season pic.twitter.com/XTtk86LYWY
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 21, 2017
It shouldn’t come as a surprise Adams is grading this well. He wasn’t a top-10 pick for nothing. Heck, he was LSU’s best player in 2016 on a team that included Leonard Fournette and White and Arden Key and Guice and countless other current and future NFL names.
Still, grading out at 79.8 is a little low for Adams, even if he’s just a rookie. Expect him to get better as the year goes on. Adams has Defensive Rookie of the Year-type ability. Don’t be shocked if he puts it all together soon.
Tweet of the day
In surprising but believable news, LSU linebacker Devin White is a big fan of PayDay candy bars.
I have never eaten a PayDay. I don’t know anyone who has ever talked about eating a PayDay. Frankly, I don’t know what ingredients go into a PayDay.
But if Devin White wants a big supply of them, and likes them enough to use a heart emoji, maybe they’re good. Let us know in the comments below what PayDays taste like. Because it is the stance of the Bayou Bengal Briefing that no one has ever actually eaten one before.
Your nonrevenue LSU sports preview
LSU-Syracuse isn’t the only sporting event going on this weekend. Here’s a schedule of what to watch for in LSU athletics over the next few days:
- Fresh off a two-overtime thriller against Alabama that ended in a 1-1 tie, the LSU soccer team (7-1-1) will host Mississippi State at 3 p.m. CT Sunday in Baton Rouge.
- The Tigers volleyball program has two matches this weekend. Friday, LSU hosts Texas A&M at 7 p.m. CT in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, then the team travels to Kentucky for a 12:30 p.m. CT Sunday matchup against the Wildcats.
- The men’s and women’s golf teams compete in three-day tournaments this weekend. The men’s team heads to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, while the women’s team is in Greenville, S.C., for the Lady Paladin Invitational.
- The LSU men’s tennis team travels a much shorter distance, heading to Lafayette to compete in the John Breaux Cajun Classic on Friday through Sunday.
- The men’s and women’s cross-country teams head to College Station, Texas, on Saturday to compete in the Texas A&M Invitational. The men’s meet is at 8:15 a.m. CT and the women’s meet is at 9 a.m.
Today in arbitrary anniversaries
On Sept. 23, 1994 — almost 23 years ago — a little show called Friends aired its pilot episode on NBC.
Here’s a little fact about me you might not know: I’ve seen every episode of Friends at least 10 times, but I’ve never watched the show in order. I have a borderline encyclopedic knowledge of this show, but I’ve never sat down and watched it beginning to end. There’s no need to. Syndication made it so I could watch 10 episodes a day on three different networks and never miss a moment.
It goes without saying that Friends has been important to my life. Also, the fact that I was a whopping 5 days old when the show premiered makes it a little more personal to me. But anyway, celebrate the show today if you feel it necessary. I’ll give you a good clip for starters.
Short of Quint’s speech from Jaws, nary a better tale of nautical distress has ever been told.
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