Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette heaped praise on his ex-Tiger teammate, Derrius Guice, in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, saying Guice has the potential to be a top-three pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

"I believe he has the ability to be the No. 1, No. 2 -- even [higher than] me --player coming out of the draft," said Fournette, who was taken No. 4 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2017 draft.

Guice has gotten off to a fast start in 2017, rushing for 224 yards and four touchdowns in two games. He has rushed for 100-plus yards in four-straight games dating back to the 2016 season.

The quick, shifty back starred in his supporting role for the Tigers last year, stepping in during several games Fournette was forced to miss due to injury. The Baton Rouge native and Catholic High alumnus ran for 1,387 yards on 183 attempts, and even set the single-game school record with 285 yards against Texas A&M. He broke Fournette's record to do it, set early in the season. 

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Fournette, a New Orleans native and St. Augustine High alumnus, is already turning heads, rushing for more than 100 yards in his NFL debut in the Jaguars' win at the Houston Texans.

LSU faces its stiffest test of the season so far on the road Saturday night against Mississippi State.

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