Last year showed that Derrius Guice was LSU’s successor to Leonard Fournette at running back. So now is one Tigers freshman ready to become the next Guice?
Clyde Edwards-Helaire seems to be gaining ground in the race to become LSU’s No. 2 running back. So far, he’s already won over the Tigers’ starter.
Guice said Edwards-Helaire is rapidly building a reputation among the Tigers’ defenders after Tuesday’s practice.
“The whole team hates him right – defensively,” Guice told reporters. “They can’t find a way to stop him.”
The path could be open for Edwards-Helaire, a 5-foot-8, 208-pound true freshman, to move into the No. 2 role behind Guice. He could also become a top receiving option out of the backfield for new offensive coordinator Matt Canada, due to his compact, but durable frame and proven pass-catching record – he caught eight passes for 161 yards in the 2015 LHSAA title game.
During the spring, Edwards-Helaire said that he had added “good weight” from his high school playing weight of 195 pounds.
The incumbent reserves behind Guice saw little action last year. Senior Darrel Williams rushed for 233 yards, while junior Nick Brossette gained 145. With a strong performance in fall camp, Edwards-Helaire could leapfrog both of them.
Edwards-Helaire came to LSU on National Signing Day from Baton Rouge Catholic, where he played alongside Guice in an overpowering backfield.
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