Guice Declares for Draft


LSU running back Derrius Guice is headed to the National Football League draft.

"My heart and my DNA is made up of this handsome city of Baton Rouge, and its university of LSU", said Guice, who grew up in south Baton Rouge. "Having an opportunity to play for this historic university was truly an honor... nothing will ever replace LSU in my heart because you played a big part in raising me from a young boy into becoming a man". He had five 100-yard performances this past season, including a 276-yard effort against Ole Miss.

That season, Guice ran for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns on just 183, registering an incredible 7.6 yards per carry.

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Guice, projected as a first-round pick, set school records for the longest run (96 yards) and rushing yards in one game (285). He added two more receiving touchdowns - from 20 yards and from 2 yards out - in LSU's 21-17 loss on New Year's Day to Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl.

Guice led the SEC in rushing yards (1,387) and ryshing yards per game (115.6) as a sophomore despite only starting 6 of LSU's 12 games. As a prospect, Guice ranks as the No. 3 running back on the position board of ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., trailing only Penn State's Saquon Barkley and Stanford's Bryce Love. Guice (5'11/216) took his sweet time weighing his options, but as expected, he's made a decision to throw his hat into the draft ring.