LSU’s Guice brings a sense of style to SEC Media Days

LSU Running back Derrius Guice
LSU running back Derrius Guice (wearing bow tie) speaks during the Southeastern Conference's annual media gathering Monday in Hoover, Ala. [AP Photo/Butch Dill]

HOOVER, Ala. — Derrius Guice was sporting a pink suit and a lot of confidence at SEC Media Days on Monday.
The LSU running back won the opening day of the event if we’re going by sartorial splendor.
“I walked in the store (Brown and Brown in Baton Rouge), man, I saw it on a mannequin and said, ‘I gotta try this on.’ ” Guice said. “It looked so good. I tried it on and said, ‘Yep this is what I’m going to Alabama in.’ ”
He looked the part of a celebrity in Hoover and at a Media Days with many of the stars of the league left home, Guice was the top attraction of the first day and perhaps of the whole week.
A year ago, in part because of first-round pick Leonard Fournette’s ailing ankle, Guice led the SEC in rushing with 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns.
But he is remembered for something different by Gator fans.
It was fourth and goal at the 1-yard line with the game in the balance in Baton Rouge. Guice ran the wrong way on the play (right instead of left) and was stuffed at the line by the Gators giving UF coach Jim McElwain a second straight SEC East title.
The play touched off a wild celebration in the end zone by Gator players and fans, so certainly it had to stick with Guice.
Or not.
“(It was forgotten) right after I changed clothes,” he said. “We had Texas A&M four days later. I couldn’t dwell on that. If I had I probably only get two yards against Texas A&M. Instead, I got almost 300 (285 actually and three touchdowns).”
Now Guice is the focal point of the new-look LSU offense with Fournette gone to Jacksonville.
“We feel we have one of the best running backs and one of the best players in the country,” said LSU coach Ed Orgeron. “He runs the ball like Warren Sapp played defensive line for me at Miami. With an attitude.
“I think he’s gonna flourish. I think he will end up being one of the top players in the country.”
On Monday, he received another endorsement, this one from Arkansas defensive back Kevin Richardson.
“I think he’s better (than Fournette),” he said. “But we’ll see.”
Even though he carried much of the load last year, it’s still different for Guice because everyone knows he’s the man in the backfield. Right?
“I don’t feel like it changes anything,” Guice said. “I’m the same. I learned a lot from (Fournette) when he was here and he learned a lot from me. I’m just happy I was able to learn from him.
“He’d tell me (to have a big year) if I asked him right now. We both run angry and mean.”