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LSU running back Derrius Guice (5) celebrates after scoring in the second half against Notre Dame, Monday, January 1, 2018, in the Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Notre Dame won 21-17.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Derrius Guice knows all about the criticism surrounding his pass-catching ability; he also knows it's all wrong. 

Guice said as much in an interview before he shows off his skills in front of scouts at the NFL Combine this week in Indianapolis. 

"A lot of guys say I can't catch and stuff just because on film I don't really catch as much because we don't throw the ball," Guice told reporters. "I feel like people shouldn't really speak on things they don't really see much of."

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The Baton Rouge native and Catholic High alumnus opted to leave LSU for the NFL after his junior season. He rushed for 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017. Guice holds LSU's school record for rushing yards in a single game (285 against Texas A&M in 2016). 

His mix of power running, speed and balance has him projected as high as a first round pick in some mock drafts. 

"Oh, I'm very powerful," Guice said. "On the field, one guy rarely ever tackles me. At LSU we don't really pass the ball much so I can't really speak on my receiving end. It's just not how we operate our offense. But I'm pretty good receiving as well, I'll show you guys that tomorrow."

Guice also spoke on this past season's injuries, which kept him off the field for multiple games, and how he runs with passion fueled by his difficult upbringing. 

• "It happens, it's football. I had to get adjusted to that role last year when [Fournette] was out with injuries … in this past season -- injuries suck -- but you've gotta fight through it and keep going."

• "I pretty much bring all of it with me as a player. I think about the struggles I encountered early in life, and hw muy mom struggled as a single parent raising me and my older brother. I just want better for her and myself, and I run with that passion on the field."

Guice is scheduled to work out on Friday, as are fellow running back Darrel Williams, and LSU offensive linemen Will Clapp, K.J. Malone and Toby Weathersby.