The first name out of LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s mouth when asked who running back Derrius Guice reminds him of wasn’t another running back.
Instead, it was a 300-pound, Hall of Fame defensive tackle who he coached at Miami.
“He runs the ball like Warren Sapp played defense,” Orgeron said Monday.
"Bruh, he is huge!” Guice jested. “I'm not that big!”
Orgeron didn’t stop there, though, offering a comparison to a running back he saw first hand at Southern Cal – Reggie Bush.
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"He has some Reggie Bush-Like cuts," Orgeron said. "He's bigger and stronger than Reggie was in college. Maybe not quite as fast, but he has cuts like Reggie had."
Guice, who ran for a career-high 163 yards and three touchdowns during a 42-7 win against Missouri last Saturday, was a key figure in the Tigers’ new-look offense. If Leonard Fournette’s ankle isn’t fully healed, Guice should once again be heavily involved against Florida at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
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Guice has no love for the Gators (4-1, 2-1), either, he said.
Here’s more from Guice during his meeting with the media:
Do you like running in spread formations, where the defense is kind of spaced out – maybe some zone blocking where you can use your vision to see cut backs and that kind of thing?
"I actually do like spread because the boxes (aren't) as loaded, and I don't have that many defenders to worry about, along with the offensive alignment. They don't have as much to worry about. So whenever we spread it out, it opens the passing lanes and also running lanes for us."
It seems to fit your skill set too because you do have jump-cutting ability that Coach 'O' talks about. Are you the kind of runner that is fit for that kind of attack?
"I feel like I can be fit for any type of formation, just depending on what play we're running out of it. Because we can be under center in the I-formation, and I can make something pop based off how well the linemen blocking and how well receivers block down field. So it just depends on the play calling and the formation."
Coach said some of your cuts remind him of Reggie Bush, things like that. When you hear something like that, how does that make you feel?
"I grew up watching Reggie Bush. I was a big fan of his, and I looked up to him when I was in elementary school, middle school. To hear that, me watching his film paid off. I just know the O-line doing a great job of setting up the cutting lanes for me. The receivers doing a great job of setting all that up down field for me, as well."
Coach O also compared you to Warren Sapp. Is that the first time you've heard that?
"Bruh, he is huge! I'm not that big! Y'all tell Coach O that. (Laughs) But I'm familiar with him a little bit, but I'm not too familiar with him to really know comparison."
I think he's talking about your mentality...
"Yeah, he is an angry, hungry guy. I would have been better with someone like Ray Lewis or something like that."
What's your relationship like with (offensive coordinator) Steven Ensminger?
"Whenever coach Cam (Cameron) and coach (Les) Miles were still here, he used to always joke with me about filling in for him because he was No. 5 also when he was a quarterback (at LSU). So he always tells me I have to represent for the number, in a joking way, but he always tells me I have to represent him because he had the number first. We always had a great relationship, and I'm just happy for him."
Danny Etling spent much of the past week learning new things.
After a week on the practice field with (Ensminger) and a Saturday night in a game with him, what do you make of the way he called the game?
"With him, I guess it was better communication all week. We got the plays in faster. The quarterbacks signaled the plays in quicker, and everything was just more efficient."
Did you go to "The Swamp" on a recruiting visit?
"I did not. I don't like them."
This is your first time in Florida?
"First time in Florida."
"Did you talk to anybody in the locker room about it?"
"Nope. I'm going to show 'em ‘bout it."
The rotation with you and Darrell, did that help you stay fresh? Did you like how that went between y'all during the game?
"Yeah, it's always good to get a break here and there, whether you need it or not. The coaches know when you're going need one or not. You don't have to tell them. Coach Juluke did a great job of keeping us fresh and you know getting all of us into the game. So that was great."
What do you think of these themes that Coach O labels with everyday practice? Today's "Tells the Truth" Monday…
(Laughs) "They're all pretty funny but it is (effective) because it actually goes with the way practice is set up. (On) 'Competition Tuesday,' we got one-on-one for most of the practice, competing. And then Wednesday, you got 'No Repeat Wednesday,' where you got to be perfect on every play and not repeat it. It's really effective for the way practices go because, whatever the theme is for that day, that's the layout for the practice. So it is effective."
I know this may seem silly, but fans say that Leonard looks mad on the sidelines when he's not playing. As someone who actually spends time with him on the sideline, what is your take on (that)? When he's hurt, is he supportive?
“We all know he's disappointed he isn't playing. But whenever I come on the sideline, we're hugging, we're doing our little handshake, or he's just give me some advice, telling me how I did on the previous play or either drive. To me, he's supportive on the sideline. All the 'He looks mad,' I don't know where that comes from.
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Probably just frustrated he's not out there?
"I don't know where that comes from, but when I'm on the sideline he's supportive to me. So I don't really think he's mad."
What was it like to see Darrel (get) 130 (rushing yards), Brosette break off a 60-yard run? What was that like to see?
"I'm happy for them. We're all in the same room. We all very happy for each other when we see each other doing big things like that. I have love for the whole team, but it's just something about the running back. Those are my guys. Those are the guys I spend most of my time with. And just to see us all doing great things, it means a lot to me.
"Seeing Darrel get 130, three touchdowns, seeing Nick break off a long off an ACL injury, then seeing Lanard (Fournette) get in there and do what he do too, it's just great seeing all that go down, knowing that we put them in position to make that happen. So just proud of those guys coming in and doing what they have to do."