LSU running back Derrius Guice will forgo his senior season and enter the 2018 NFL Draft, he announced in a video posted to his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.
“Entering the NFL draft has always been my goal, and it is the next chapter of my life,” Guice said. “I am grateful and excited to start this new journey.”
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Guice finished his junior season with 1,251 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns despite battling a nagging leg injury. He broke out while stepping up in place of an injured Leonard Fournette in 2016, leading the SEC in rushing yards (1,387) and yards per carry (7.6) on his way to first-team All-SEC honors.
Guice is regarded as one of the top running backs available in April’s draft.
In his career at LSU, Guice rushed for 3,074 yards and 29 touchdowns on 471 carries. The Baton Rouge native expressed how much he enjoyed playing for his hometown Tigers in his video.
“It has always been my dream to be able to attend LSU,” Guice said. “Having the opportunity to play for this storied university was truly an honor. … Nothing will ever replace LSU in my heart because you had a big part in raising me from a young boy to becoming a man.”
Guice added that he will return to LSU to complete his degree “someday.”
–Field Level Media