As expected, Derrius Guice goes pro; so, who replaces him?

Derrius Guice
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LSU running back Derrius Guice made it official Wednesday: He is heading to the NFL.

“Having the opportunity to play for this storied university was truly an honor,” Guice said in his video. Guice is a Baton Rouge native.

Guice likely will be the second or third running back selected; Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is considered the top back available. Guice is seen as a first-round lock; how early he comes off the board is the only real question.

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He leaves LSU as the No. 5 rusher in school history – apropos, in a way, since he wore jersey No. 5 for the Tigers. Guice rushed for 3,074 yards, behind Kevin Faulk, Dalton Hilliard, Charles Alexander and Leonard Fournette on the school’s career list. He has three of the top four single-game performances in school history, including a school-record 285-yard performance against Texas A&M in the 2016 regular-season finale.

His departure along with the departure of senior backup Darrel Williams means the top returning rusher for the Tigers is senior-to-be Nick Brossette, who rushed for 78 yards this season. Sophomore-to-be Clyde Helaire-Edwards also is scheduled to return; he is from the same high school (Baton Rouge Catholic) as Guice.

LSU signed two running back in the early signing period, four-star prospect Chris Curry of Lehigh Acres (Fla.) Lehigh, near Fort Myers, and three-star prospect Tae Provens of Gurley (Ala.) Madison County, near Huntsville.

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