BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - If he wasn't on the same team as superstar Leonard Fournette, you'd likely be hearing much more preseason buzz about LSU sophomore running back Derrius Guice.
Regardless, Guice has already proven to be an electric runner for the Tigers and will probably deliver many more big plays for LSU this year. The former Catholic High standout was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team last season after rushing for 436 yards on just 51 carries. His highlight game came in a 45-24 romp against South Carolina in Tiger Stadium, gaining 161 yards on the ground.
Guice has not only adapted to the tremendous talent and speed of big time SEC football, but has also learned to mature as a person. During his days at Catholic, Guice admits he didn't always have the right attitude and was actually suspended from the squad the spring before his senior year.
"I had to realize, everything isn't centered around me, and that was my biggest problem at Catholic," Guice said. "Being late for everything, thinking everything came around my time, that's why I got suspended, because I was doing my own thing."
But as he enters his second year of collegiate football, Guice said the LSU culture has made an major impact.
"There's no big man on campus. Everyone has to settle in on that and realize everyone is good in college. All those high school recruiting rankings, they don't mean anything once you get here," he added.
Guice added that he looks forward to teaming with the dynamic Fournette again this season and maximizing every opportunity he gets.
"You just have to be patient. And be ready to be called on."