The Ole Miss defense knows how good Leonard Fournette is.
Last year in Death Valley, he ran for 284 yards and 3 long touchdowns to lead LSU to a win over the Rebels.
So it might be some cause for warning for fans in Oxford, Miss., that a member of the Ole Miss defensive line says he thinks that Guice, LSU’s main man heading into 2017, could be an even better back than his predecessor.
“I feel like Guice has got a bit more quick twitch to him,” said Rebels defensive tackle Breeland Speaks last week at SEC Media Days, according to Ron Higgins of NOLA.com. “I feel like he can do a lot more with the ball. Leonard would run you over. Guice has got the shakes for you, he’ll shake you first and he can put that hat down on you also.”
Given how rampant Fournette ran against the Rebels in their meeting last year, Guice didn’t put up some of the big numbers in that game as he did the rest of the season. On 16 carries, the same number as his backfield teammate, he ran for just 57 yards but did score a touchdown.
But he showed Speaks enough to know that he and his fellow defenders will have an equal, if not bigger challenge, ahead of them in this season’s matchup.
“I feel Guice is a lot more elusive,” he said. “I feel No. 5 might be better than No. 7.”