Derrius Guice or Leonard Fournette? Which talented LSU product is the better running back?
That’s a debate LSU fans are likely to have for years to come, though Guice’s LSU book is still being written.
On Tuesday, SEC Network analyst Marcus Spears was asked to give a comparison of the two during a Q&A with NOLA.com’s Ron Higgins (which is worth a read in its entirety). The answer the former LSU defensive lineman gave may surprise some:
“Guice has more dimensions to his game, but Leonard was done a disservice by LSU. He was good enough to be a superstar in that offense, but my God if he could have been in a creative offense. If he could have gotten the ball more in the open field, he would have broken so many records. Leonard had to create a lot of his runs. It was phenomenal to watch.
But Derrius is going to have some plays this year where all he has to do is beat the linebacker and the safety and he’s gone. Leonard never had that. For him it was like, ‘I’ve got to figure out I can turn this eight-man box into six when the ball is snapped, because I’m either going to have to run over somebody or make somebody miss before I get past the line of scrimmage to create a long run.’
I hated it for Leonard. It wasn’t fair for him. I think a lot of his talent was left on the table, because the offense had no dimensions.”
Spears has long been vocal about his displeasure of the Les Miles era offense at LSU, so in some ways this should be expected.
With Matt Canada’s offensive installed and Fournette now in Jacksonville, Guice will have an opportunity to spread his wings in Baton Rouge this fall.