HOOVER, Ala. - Former Catholic High star and LSU freshman running back Derrius Guice is “OK” after being hospitalized on Wednesday night, coach Les Miles said Thursday.
Guice, ranked as high as the No. 2 running back in the 2015 class, has been released from the hospital after doctors ran test on him, Miles said. Catholic High coach Dale Weiner said he was told by LSU officials that Guice suffered “severe dehydration” but is now doing “well.”
Guice lost consciousness Wednesday and was transported from LSU’s football practice facility to a hospital. He was not working out when he lost consciousness, Guice posted on Twitter on Wednesday night.
Miles said he visited Guice in the training room just before the incident.
“It would be impossible for me to suggest (what happened),” the coach said at SEC media days. “Everything I hear is he’s OK. It’s just a … they have to do tests. I don’t know if it’s fatigue, blood work, low blood pressure. No idea. I can only tell you that it’s a concern we needed to back him off and get him relaxed.”
Guice rushed for 1,341 yards and 21 touchdowns, along with 617 receiving yards and eight touchdowns as a senior at Catholic last season and was named the US All-American Game MVP.
Guice was one of a host of freshmen who players and Miles mentioned when asked about standouts this summer among the rookies.
“Derrius Guice is having a great summer,” Miles said.
The coach also mentioned defensive end Isaiah Washington and New Orleans defensive back Donte Jackson as rookies who are emerging in the summer.
Cutrer out, Valentine-Okeke in
Defensive back Jeremy Cutrer will not enroll at LSU, while offensive lineman Chidi Valentine-Okeke has been cleared to report in August, Miles said.
Cutrer, the second-ranked junior college safety in the ’15 class, did not qualify and will enroll elsewhere, Miles said. Valentine-Okeke, the fifth-best offensive tackle prospect in the class who is originally from Nigeria, is “cleared to report,” Miles said.
Valentine-Okeke, a 6-foot-6, 305-pounder, was expected to enroll in summer classes, but he had to clear an NCAA hurdle. According to Miles, that’s been cleared.
Valentine-Okeke, a five star prospect by 247Sports, is expected to join the team when players report Aug. 5. Camp begins Aug. 6.
Valentine-Okeke and Cutrer were the only two LSU signees whose statuses remained uncertain. Receiver Brandon Martin, a three star prospect from Texas, is enrolling in junior college. Defensive end Arden Key has been cleared, the school said last month, and is expected to report in August.
New LSU quarterback Danny Etling, the Purdue transfer who won’t be eligible until next season, is a “tough kid” who gives the Tigers an “aged and experienced” guy, Miles said in his first comments since Etling transferred two weeks ago.
“Has a similar release to Matt Flynn,” Miles said. “Would like to equate him to Matt Flynn.”
Miles isn’t concerned with the depth at defensive tackle after the departures of Trey Lealaimatafao and Travonte Valentine.
Lealaimatafao was kicked off the team after a second arrest in a year, and Valentine transferred. Neither player had played a down. Both are expected to join Arizona Western Community College.
Both players “were behind” the remaining five scholarship defensive tackles, Miles said.
“You try to do everything you can so behavior modifies, changes,” the coach said. “When it doesn’t, there’s not much we can do. We wish them the very best.”
LSU picked third in SEC West
The Tigers (870 points) were picked third in the SEC West behind Alabama (1,405) and Auburn (1,362), and LSU was fourth in SEC championship voting.
Media members selected Auburn as the overall SEC champion, with 96 points to Bama’s 80. Georgia (166) was picked to win the SEC East with Tennessee (36) and Missouri (20) coming next.
Thirteen of the 14 SEC teams received at least one first-place vote in divisional voting.
It’s going to be a Les Miles Monday at ESPN. The LSU coach will be heading to Bristol, Connecticut, Monday for a day of appearances on various ESPN platforms along with six other SEC football coaches. Seven other SEC coaches will be at Bristol on Tuesday.
... Former LSU All-American Marcus Spears said he will return to his role as an analyst on “SEC Nation” this fall, the SEC Network’s Saturday pregame show.
... LSU’s other former All-American on the SEC Network, Anthony “Booger” McFarland, returns as a studio analyst. He also appears on a daily talk show called “The Opening Drive,” weekdays from 6-10 a.m. on Sirius/XM Ch. 88.
Scott Rabalais contributed to this report.
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