VIDEO: LSU Running Back Derrius Guice Explains Why Alabama Defense Was Scared of LSU
When Alabama and LSU square off on Saturday night, many eyes will be on the running back position where two of the league's top backs will take the field.
For the Tigers, junior Derrius Guice comes into the game as the second leading rusher in the SEC after posting 276 yards against Ole Miss last time out. But beyond his talent, Guice will be drawing interest for his comments a year ago. A week after losing to Alabama and only getting two carries, Guice ran for 252 yards against Arkansas and then made some interesting comments about the Crimson Tide.
“Alabama always stacks 10 people in the box to stop us. They’re scared as well....we’re also tired of hearing that we can’t run (after) Alabama and that we can’t run after we play them," Guice said in 2016.
He doubled-down on that statement during SEC Media Days this summer when asked about it.
"Like I said last year, every time we were about to run, they'd have like the whole box loaded," Guice said at SEC Media Days.
Now he has a chance to back up his talk against the nation's top-ranked rushing defense. Alabama has allowed just 66.38 yards per game this season which is 150 fewer than LSU averages in 2017.
But can Guice and the Tigers find success against this defense? If recent history is any indication, that answer is a resounding no. During the Crimson Tide's six-game winning streak, the Tigers have averaged just 81.3 rushing yards per game and were held to a season low in four of those six years.