Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Derrius Guice: Declares for 2018 NFL Draft

Kristopher Love | 13 January, 2018, 07:36

Guice (5'11/216) took his sweet time weighing his options, but as expected, he's chose to throw his hat into the draft ring.

"Entering the NFL Draft has always been my goal and is the next chapter in my life", Guice said in the video.

Guice went on to individually thank the coaches in his life from the youth level on up through high school and college. He joins Kevin Faulk, Dalton Hilliard, Charles Alexander and Leonard Fournette on that very short list.

The Baton Rogue native caught two touchdown passes and finished with 122 all-purpose yards (98 rushing, 24 receiving) while earning the game's most valuable player, despite the loss. He had five 100-yard performances this past season, including a 276-yard effort against Ole Miss.

Guice got off to a quick start this past season, topping the 100-yard mark in each of the first two games and combining for four touchdowns.

His departure, along with the departure of senior running back Darrel Williams, leaves LSU with Nick Brossette (19 carries, 96 yards) as the expected top returning rusher for the 2018 season.

Guice's sophomore year was one for the record books despite the fact he was technically Fournette's backup.

Guice likely will be the second or third running back selected; Penn State's Saquon Barkley is considered the top back available.

Guice, just 20 years old, played three years for the LSU Tigers of the Southeastern Athletic Conference.