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

12 January 2018

LSU junior RB Derrius Guice will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

That season, Guice ran for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns on just 183, registering an incredible 7.6 yards per carry. 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.

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Guice will follow in the footsteps of former Tigers running back Leonard Fournette, who exited the program a year ago and wound up the No. 4 overall pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Scout.com named him a first-team All-America selection and he earned both first-and second-team honors from the SEC coaches as a first-team running back and second-team all-purpose player. He had five 100-yard performances this past season, including a 276-yard effort against Ole Miss.

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With his departure for the draft, Guice ends his LSU career with 3,074 yards, which leaves him fifth on LSU's all-time rushing list behind Faulk, Dalton Hilliard, Charles Alexander and Fournette. He finishes his career with a remarkable average of 6.5 yards per carry.

At 5-foot-11 and 218 pounds, he's seen as a prototypical three-down back at the next level. 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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LSU RB Derrius Guice announces he's leaving early, declares for NFL Draft