Derrius Guice made the most of his starting opportunity last week against Missouri, and it appears he’ll have an opportunity to do more of the same Saturday.
Coming off a career-best performance in LSU’s 42-7 rout of Missouri in Ed Orgeron’s debut as interim coach, Guice is expected to make his second consecutive start on the road this week at Florida, according to sources.
In his second career start, Guice amassed career-highs in yards (163) and touchdowns (3) against Missouri. It was the sophomore running back’s second 100-yard performance, which vaulted him to LSU’s leading rusher on the season.
With Guice expected to draw the start, it’s a signal that Leonard Fournette is still not yet ready to play. Fournette’s status remains up in the air and will continue to be monitored by the LSU coaching staff moving forward.
Fournette aggravated an ankle injury in the final minutes of LSU’s last-second road loss to Auburn on Sept. 24. That injury forced him to miss LSU’s home opener against Jacksonville State and extended time during fall camp leading into the season opener against Wisconsin.
Against Missouri, Guice split carries with junior Darrel Williams and Nick Brossette in Fournette’s stead. Guice and Williams became the first LSU running back tandem to each account for three touchdowns since the 1930s. Williams actually led the team in carries with 21, ahead of Guice (17) and Brossette (5).
In last seasons’s 35-28 win against Florida in Baton Rouge, Fournette ran 31 times for 180 yards and 2 scores while Guice had just 2 rushes for 5 yards and a 32-yard kickoff return.
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