In a supremely talented class of running backs, Derrius Guice represents the sledgehammer of the group, a bulldozing back capable of wearing down tacklers with his relentless style. Handpicked by the Washington coaching staff after a season of ineptitude and inconsistency on the ground in 2017, Guice profiles as the type of player who could inject a panache, power, and poise into Jay Gruden’s offense.
The doubters will point to Guice’s lack of third-down usage in college, and that is a fair criticism, but even his head coach is warming to the idea of the “very exciting” prospect of more third down work. Guice’s path to meaningful action may not be as circuitous as it appears, and a spectacular rookie season – which may only be eclipsed by the generational talents of Saquon Barkley – is well within the LSU product’s reach.
Standing at 5-foot-11 and weighing 224 pounds, Derrius Guice cuts a formidable figure. Initially bursting on to the scene at LSU in 2016 after an injury robbed Leonard Fournette of game time, Guice seized his opportunity with relish. His considerable talents saw him lead the SEC in rushing that year (1,387 yards) and rushing touchdowns for running backs (15); despite starting only six of 12 games.
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