LSU's Derrius Guice entering National Football League draft


Guice was expected to forgo his season season and he announced his decision via Twitter. Taking over midseason for the injured Leonard Founette, Guice led the SEC in rushing yards (1,387) and yards per carry (7.6).

LSU running back Derrius Guice said Wednesday that he is leaving the school to enter the NFL Draft. He'll likely be ticketed for a selection on Day 2 of the draft, though a rise up to the first round with a strong evaluating process shouldn't be counted out.

"Growing up here in Baton Rouge, it was always my dream to attend LSU", Guice said. Guice is foregoing his senior season for the National Football League draft. "Having he opportunity to play for this storied university was truly an honor". He missed one game and parts of others but had a breakout showing against Ole Miss with 22 carries for 276 yards and a touchdown. In the Citrus Bowl, Guice became the fifth player to cross 3,000 career rushing yards at the school.

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Guice, 5-11, clocked out of the 2017 season with 1,251 yards on 237 carries and 11 touchdowns.

A native of Baton Rouge, La., Guice leaves with a career average of 6.527 yards per carry, also an LSU record. He was then bottled up for the next stretch, failing to rush for more than 76 yards in each of the next four games. He has three of the top four single-game performances in school history, including a school-record 285-yard performance against Texas A&M in the 2016 regular-season finale.