Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

LSU's Derrius Guice entering National Football League draft

LSU's Derrius Guice entering National Football League draft

LSU Tigers running back Derrius Guice will skip his senior season and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft, he announced on Wednesday. "Growing up in Baton Rouge, it has always been my dream to play for LSU.Entering the National Football League draft has always been my goal and it's the next chapter of my life".

Guice is the latest LSU player to forego a final year of college playing eligibility, joining outside linebacker Arden Key, cornerbacks Kevin Toliver and Donte Jackson, and offensive lineman Toby Weathersby.

Guice, who shared the workload with Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette in 2016, rushed for 2,638 yards and 26 touchdowns over the past two seasons. The first came last season against Arkansas, when the tailback posted 252 in a win.

A native of Baton Rouge, La., Guice leaves with a career average of 6.527 yards per carry, also an LSU record.

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Over his career, Guice notched 3,074 yards on 471 carries and scored 29 touchdowns on the ground.

Guice, 5-foot-11, 214, isn't the brutish runner Fournette is, but he's more well-rounded, possessing the acceleration and ball carrier vision to find the quick holes and shoot through them, something the Redskins' running backs have struggled doing for years now.

He had a 1-yard reception for a score in the 2016 Citrus Bowl against Louisville, when he was named the game's MVP. He was then bottled up for the next stretch, failing to rush for more than 76 yards in each of the next four games.

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