LSU freshman running back and former Catholic High star Derrius Guice rebounded from his hospital trip just fine.
He returned to the weight room Monday, and he lifted the best of anyone, coach Les Miles said Tuesday.
“He’s fine,” Miles said, speaking after his address at the LHSCA summer coaches clinic at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. “What tests were done showed that all of his vitals, that he’s very healthy.”
Guice, ranked as high as the No. 2 running back in the 2015 signing class, was transported from the LSU football practice facility to a hospital last Wednesday after losing consciousness. He suffered severe dehydration, Catholic High coach Dale Weiner said last week.
Miles could not confirm Guice’s illness but said the highly-ranked rookie is back with the team and is ready to start fall camp on Aug. 6. Guice posted a message on Twitter late last Wednesday saying that he did not fall ill during or after a workout.
Guice is known as a workout freak. His grueling, hardcore drills have been well documented.
He is expected to contribute this season as a versatile athlete. He was named the MVP of the US Army All-American Game in January after catching a pair of touchdowns – one for 92 yards and another for 61.
Orgeron on DT depth: We’ll make it work
LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron said the Tigers will “make it work” when it comes to the defensive tackle depth.
LSU lost two defensive tackles over the last few weeks. Tre Lealaimatafao was kicked off the team after a second arrest in a year, and Travonte Valentine transferred to junior college on the heels of academic troubles.
“I think Coach Miles has been more than fair,” Orgeron said when asked about the two tackles’ departures. “If those guys decide they can’t abide by the rules, we’re better off without them.”
LSU is left with five scholarship defensive tackles, but Orgeron says he’s used to working with a slim group. He coached at Southern Cal when the Trojans had scholarships revoked for NCAA violations.
“Obviously it does affect your depth but you’ve got to make it work,” he said. “I would rather have guys who want to be there and win.”
Orgeron is confident in defensive tackles Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore – two redshirt sophomores who played sparingly last season. The coach said the two “are ready” to be a part of LSU’s rotation at DTs with starters Christian LaCouture and Davon Godchaux and Quentin Thomas.
“Thing I told them is, ‘We put you in the rotation, it should be no different.’ I think those guys are going to be on there,” Orgeron said from the Crowne Plaza on Tuesday.
Maquedius Bain, a redshirt sophomore moved from defensive tackle to defensive end this spring, could play some tackle. Orgeron called him a “versatile” player and suggested Bain’s position could depend on the opponent.
“It all depends on who we’re playing,” he said. “You’re playing a power team, you want big ends. You’re playing a spread team, you want lighter ends.”
Fournette returning kicks? Maybe
Running back Leonard Fournette will at least get a crack at returning kickoffs, Miles said Tuesday.
“He’ll certainly get that opportunity. He sure was good last year,” the coach said.
Fournette, the former No. 1-ranked recruit in the nation in the 2014 class, set an LSU freshman record with his 1,034 yards last season. He ranked 18th nationally returning kickoffs with a 26-yard average, and he returned one for a touchdown – a 100-yard jaunt in the Tigers’ Music City Bowl loss to Notre Dame.
Fournette said last week that he hoped to return kicks again but that it is the coaches’ decision.
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