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LSU RB Derrius Guice declares for NFL Draft

LSU RB Derrius Guice declares for NFL Draft

Baton Rouge - Derrius Guice will enter the National Football League draft, he's the fifth underclassman from LSU to declare this season.

Guice claimed he hadn't given much thought to his draft status following the Tigers' Citrus Bowl loss last week, despite being projected by many as a first-round pick. That announcement coming via a heartfelt video message from the running back and Baton Rouge-native on Wednesday. "I am grateful and excited to start this new journey".

In his three seasons at LSU, Guice rushed for 3,074 yards and 29 touchdowns. "Having he opportunity to play for this storied university was truly an honor". He also added two more scores as a receiver. He was even better as a sophomore, piling up 1,387 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. 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.

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The top-end prospect is expected to be the No. 2 running back off the board behind Penn State's Saquon Barkley and could potentially go in the top 10.

Guice joins offensive tackle Toby Weathersby, outside linebacker Arden Key and cornerbacks Kevin Toliver and Donte Jackson as LSU's early entrants in this year's draft class. Guice set the single-season school record for rushing yards in a 285-yard effort against Texas A&M in the 2016 season finale.