Coach Ed Orgeron may not be sure whether LSU’s star running back will play against BYU on Saturday, but there’s no doubt in Derrius Guice’s mind.
In his first media appearance since missing practice for what’s being described as an issue with his wisdom teeth, Guice said he was “100 percent” and that, as long as Orgeron allows him, he plans to play in the season opener.
“My teeth aren’t holding me back,” Guice said with utmost confidence. “I don’t care if they pull all of them out. I’ll be ready this week.”
Guice was at practice Monday, just hours after Orgeron expressed doubt of his status for the weekend, saying he wasn’t 100 percent sure at the time of his Monday news luncheon.
Previously, little had been known of Guice’s condition outside of a tweet from teammate Clyde Edwards-Helaire saying it was Guice’s wisdom teeth.
“We expect to ease him into practice, and we're going to see how this week goes,” Orgeron said Monday. “Do I think Derrius is going to play? Yes. Am I 100 percent sure right now? No. Have to see how he practices this week. We're going to ease him into practice this week.”
But even with his own confidence in his health, Guice said, ultimately, the decision is up to Orgeron.
“He’s the top dog,” Guice said. “He makes the calls. If he feels like I’m ready to go, I’ll go. If not, I won’t.”