Derrius Guice stands by calling Alabama 'scared' of LSU's running game

Posted July 12, 2017

LSU fired coach Les Miles after a last second-loss to Auburn on September 24.

Orgeron said Monday at SEC Media Day that there was nothing Fournette could have done to play as he battled an ankle injury.

Orgeron acknowledged that the Tigers must overcome the Crimson Tide.

But defensive end Arden Key is recovering from summer shoulder surgery and, although head coach Ed Orgeron expects him back for the bulk of the upcoming schedule, his exact date to return is uncertain.

Just picture it: LSU's Heisman Trophy hopeful and potential first-round National Football League draft pick having temporarily lost half of his hearing while feverishly chewing gum between the short walks from one interview room to the other.

"This is gonna be a rehab that's gonna take some time", Orgeron said. "With Leonard, I feel like he is more of a bigger back, a bruiser that could go up through the middle".

"Danny understands the history of LSU and what we've been going through recently", Chark said. Next of all I was going to treat every coach, assistant coach, with respect.

Armed with his new philosophy, Orgeron is trying to make the most of his do-over. "He's changed the program so much". "They gave me a great chance and I was not ready".

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Bielema also credited SC coach Will Muschamp for not restricting the transfer within the conference.

A year ago at this time, not too many people nationally knew about Guice. LSU has lost at least three conferences games in each of the past four seasons. That's the most Division I starts among all SEC quarterbacks. "He runs the ball, like Warren Sapp played defensive line for me at Miami".

LSU has been a natural fit for the Larose, Louisiana, native and his personality was popular immediately.

The last two seasons, LSU AD Joe Alleva chased Jimbo Fisher - clumsily.

Guice began last season as LSU's backup running back behind Leonard Fournette. Meanwhile, Alabama held LSU's frightening running game to 33 yards (8 of which were gained by Guice) on 27 carries. "He's the same 24-7". As the Tigers' top back this season, that number will certainly go up.

Orgeron prefaced his comments at the SEC Media Days by sending his best wishes for a speedy recovery to Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, saying "we know he'll fight like a tiger". Although I recruited well, the day I left Ole Miss, I looked at myself, and I called my mentor, (Pete Carroll), and said, 'Hey, there's some things I have to change. It didn't work at Ole Miss. The Tigers will be expected to win early and often during Orgeron's tenure. I think he's going to do an outstanding job. The LSU offense had a few big performances down the stretch, and after he was named full-time coach, Orgeron led the Tigers to a decisive Citrus Bowl win over Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson and Louisville. Previous year was a tight game.

Still, the losing streak to Alabama has only compounded things in Baton Rouge, where even Orgeron admits the success of a season can straddle on the result of the annual rivalry game with the Tide.