LSU running back Derrius Guice, who suffered an injury in last week’s loss to Mississippi State, won’t play Saturday against Syracuse, Tigers coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday night.
On his weekly radio show, Orgeron said Guice was “getting better” but still would not play against the Orange. Earlier in the day, during the SEC coaches’ teleconference, Orgeron had termed Guice “very questionable” for the game.
Guice has rushed for 300 yards and four touchdowns this season.
After last week’s 37-7 loss to Mississippi State, Guice said that he was a “little nicked,” apparently the result of an injury while being caught up in a pile during the third quarter against the Bulldogs.
Orgeron said earlier this week that Guice had been held out of Monday practice as a precautionary measure. He didn’t practice Tuesday or Wednesday, either.
With Guice unavailable, Darrel Williams would seem the likely starter. Williams has seen the most action thus far of LSU’s other running backs, gaining 159 yards. Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire also have received a fair number of snaps.
LSU running backs have a record of success against the Orange. Leonard Fournette, now with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, exploded for 244 yards and two touchdowns when the teams played during the 2015 season.
In addition, Tigers offensive coordinator Matt Canada racked up 76 points last season against Syracuse while serving as offensive coordinator at Pitt in a wild 76-61 game.
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