BATON ROUGE, La. — Running back Derrius Guice was not part of LSU’s gameplan against Alabama, finishing tied with fullback J.D. Moore with just two carries. Expect that to change this week, LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said during his radio show Wednesday night.
“We need to give Derrius the ball more,” Orgeron told a caller who specifically asked about Guice being used out of the backfield as a receiving threat. “He can run some screens. I think you’ll see more Derrius Guice in this game.”
Guice was LSU’s starting running back in Leonard Fournette’s absence, but still made his presence felt when Fournette returned from his ankle sprain. Guice picked up 57 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries against Ole Miss as a complement to Fournette.
Running the ball is a top priority against the Arkansas defense, which is allowing 198 rushing yards per game.
“We’ve got to play the way we did on offense the first three games, and I think we’ll be fine,” Orgeron said in reference to his first three games as head coach in which LSU averaged 41 points a game.
Other highlights from the radio show:
- Of the Alabama game, Orgeron said, “That’s one of the best defensive efforts I’ve ever been a part of. Our front did a tremendous job. Defensive backs did awesome.”
- Describing the atmosphere at Tiger Stadium: “It felt like a championship game. Felt like a heavyweight match. One of the best games I have ever been part of.”
- On seeing defensive line coach Pete Jenkins’ reaction to LSU’s goal-line stand in the third quarter that kept the game scoreless: “One of my proudest moments was to see the elation on his face after that goal-line stand.”
- On what quarterback Danny Etling is working on this week: “We worked with him a lot this week about being poised and the communication it takes with a tough defensive line in his face. Making the adjustments we need to under pressure. That’s been the focus all week.”
- On the struggles blocking against Alabama: “We couldn’t sustain our blocks. Their defensive ends beat our tight ends when we tried to go outside with Leonard. When we had a couple of holes, we didn’t hit them very good. Just overall execution is what it was.”
- Responding to a humorous takedown of the state of Arkansas by LSU superfan “Evil Twin”: “Be careful what you say about Arkansas. My wife’s right behind you and she’s from Arkansas.”