Derrius Guice 'sending a message' with physical run game
Baton Rouge, LA - "Up front we are just trying to do our job and make them look pretty so they can be the guys that get all the pictures and get all the pretty girls and all those other things"
And most importantly, get touchdowns and W's, but I guess it's good college football players are honest right? The good news for Derrius Guice besides maybe the pictures and what his lineman said, is that his O-line is playing their best ball: which means the junior running back is also playing his best games.
Guice looking a lot like the Heisman hopeful we saw a year ago, breaking off a 33-yard score in the second half Saturday, where he found the endzone three times on the Hogs.
The touchdowns are of course what people remember, but sometimes like his linemen, the tough 4 and 5-yard runs are the real difference makers people forget about that make the ground game go.
"I think it sends a message of physical football," said Ed Orgeron on Monday. "When I watched LSU and I played against LSU, coached against LSU, they always had that physical mentality that, hey, man, we're coming after you, see if you can stop it. And he's done that several times. And when he does that, I think it uplifts the team."
"One of my favorite runs since I've been coach here was Leonard's run against Ole Miss. And that hit he made on the safety on the sideline changed the whole course of the game. Those runs, those tough runs send a signal that says it's going to be a physical football game."
And Guice, over the last three games, is bringing that physical run game his coach is talking about.
Guice is averaging 160 yards per game in that span, running the ball for more than 7 yards per carry.
Derrius is just 71 yards away from having back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for LSU.