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LSU running back Derrius Guice (5) jokes around with his teammates on the field before kickoff against Chattanooga, Saturday, September 9, 2017, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Turns out LSU running back Derrius Guice will play against Syracuse.

Guice, upon the player's request, returned to practice Thursday and was cleared to play in Saturday's home game, Orgeron said Thursday evening. The coach had ruled out Guice during his radio call-in show Wednesday night.

"(Guice) came to us today, said, ‘Coach, I’m feeling better. I want to practice,'" Orgeron said. "He practiced pretty good today. He’s going to get some snaps. He will play."

Guice will play in a "limited role," the coach said, but he will start. 

Guice is recovering from what appears to be a left knee injury he suffered late in the third quarter of the loss to Mississippi State last weekend. He's missed the first three days of practice this week. 

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Narcisse planned for redshirt

Freshman quarterback Lowell Narcisse is set to redshirt this year, Orgeron confirmed Thursday. 

Narcisse, one of two highly touted quarterback signees in 2017, has been serving as LSU's scout team quarterback the last two weeks. He did not make the travel roster to Starkville, Miss., a clear sign that he was headed for a redshirt year.

"We think we will redshirt him. We think that’s it would be beneficial for him," Orgeron said. "He’s been simulating the offenses that we’re playing. I think he’s going to be an excellent player. Really like him. He’s fast, in command when he’s running the zone-read, dual-threat offense. I think he’s going to be a great quarterback for us."

Fellow freshman Myles Brennan is LSU's backup quarterback to Danny Etling. Redshirt sophomore Justin McMillan is now the presumed third string QB.


Freshman safety-turned-receiver JaCoby Stevens is potentially on the move again. Stevens is getting work with the F-back in an effort to get him more touches, Orgeron said Thursday. ... Freshman linebacker Tyler Taylor will start in place of suspended senior Donnie Alexander, Orgeron said. Alexander is out for the first half of the game against Syracuse for a second-half targeting penalty he committed at Mississippi State. 

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