More ‘bells and whistles’ coming? LSU flashes part of its new 3-4 defense in Saturday’s spring game _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Derrius Guice (5) runs the ball during LSU football's spring game.

No. 2

Derrius Guice, Heisman hopeful Leonard Fournette's backup, is well aware of his talents and what some people see and write about him: The LSU running back would be starting at most other schools, some say. "I hear it all of the time. It doesn’t really bother me," Guice said. "I’m glad I’m here. I want to be here. I’m glad I’m in a position that I’m in because I’m learning from one of the best." The former Catholic High star averaged 8.5 yards a carry last season as a freshman, backing up Fournette. Guice got 51 carries. Fournette received 300. Does Guice think he'd be a starter at most other schools? "I don’t really think about it like that," he said.

Early playing time

LSU lost a third defensive player to injury Wednesday, with Corey Thompson fracturing his leg near the ankle. He's expected to miss some game time. Who steps up? A handful of freshmen have a shot to play significantly. Michael Divinity, a midyear enrollee who participated in spring practice, and Ray Thornton, a chiseled rookie from Texas, were both playing at F-linebacker behind Thompson. Coaches moved Tashawn Bower, a senior, to F-linebacker in the spring, but Bower missed the first four days of camp with an unspecified injury. Also, Bower is playing a variety of roles. He's at the Buck position and playing some defensive end in pass-rush packages. Divinity and Thornton have a real shot to get on the field fast.

Big Cat

Freshman safety Cameron Lewis starred in the "Big Cat" drill during Wednesday's practice. A three-minute video of the collision drill was posted on the team's Facebook page Wednesday afternoon. It includes six battles between an offensive and defensive player. Lewis shoves back redshirt freshman receiver Derrick Dillon in the last battle, eliciting an eruption from his defensive teammates. 

Fournette fight'n?

A video surfaced Wednesday on TMZ.com showing running back Fournette and offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield exchanging punches in the parking lot of LSU's football operations building. LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette said the two were only horse-playing. The video shows bystanders laughing while watching the two players dance around with each other, occasionally swinging. 

Days to kickoff: 23

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field

Injury report

LSU's defense suffered another blow to its front seven Wednesday. Outside linebacker Corey Thompson, a senior expected to start or see significant time on the field, suffered a fracture near his ankle, a source confirmed to The Advocate. His recovery is expected to linger into the season, spanning more than a month. Defensive end Christian LaCouture and end/outside linebacker Isaiah Washington were lost for the season after both suffered serious knee ligament damage during practice Sunday.

Next up

LSU will conduct one practice at 9:15 a.m.,and coach Les Miles will meet with reporters afterward.

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