LSU RB Derrius Guice announces he's leaving early, declares for NFL Draft

LSU RB Derrius Guice makes NFL Draft decision

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Since taking over for Leonard Fournette as the Tigers' starter this past season, it was nearly a foregone conclusion that Guice would enter the draft.

"My heart and my DNA is made up of this attractive city of Baton Rouge, and its university of LSU", said Guice, who grew up in south Baton Rouge.

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Fittingly, LSU's No. 5 is the Tigers' fifth underclassman headed to this year's NFL Draft. "I am grateful and excited to start this new journey".

His biggest game this season was against Ole Miss. However, an assortment of injuries hampered Guice, but he still ran 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns. "Having he opportunity to play for this storied university was truly an honor". He also added two more scores as a receiver.

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Guice's sophomore year was one for the record books despite the fact he was technically Fournette's backup. 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. According to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, Guice holds LSU's career yards-per-carry record (6.5) and has the school's single-game rushing record after torching Texas A&M for 285 yards in 2016.

Guice joins offensive tackle Toby Weathersby, outside linebacker Arden Key and cornerbacks Kevin Toliver and Donte Jackson as LSU's early entrants in this year's draft class.

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