Will LSU RB Derrius Guice ever get back to 100 percent this season?

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Nag, nag, nag

When speaking about star running back Derrius Guice, LSU coach Ed Orgeron made one thing clear Monday: Guice isn’t 100 percent.

In his weekly Monday press conference, Orgeron described Guice’s knee injury as a “nagging” one, one that might persist through the season. Like Leonard Fournette’s injury a year ago, Guice’s injury is one that will probably only heal if he rests it. Knowing the type of player Guice is, that’s not going to happen. He’s going to play through the pain, even if it holds him back.

Which leads us to the question of the day: Is Guice hurting the team by trying to help the team? Would he be better off sitting out for three or four weeks and being fresh for the end of the season, or playing at 80 percent for the rest of the season? It’s a question that’s hard to answer without being able to talk to Guice and understand the severity of the injury.

Guice’s situation isn’t a perfect analog to Fournette’s either. When Fournette sat down for a few weeks, he had Guice behind him. The player behind Guice, senior Darrel Williams, is a fine back. But he’s not a world beater like Guice or Fournette. The drop-off from Guice to Williams is much more noticeable than the one from Fournette to Guice.

When you combine that and the increasing difficulty of LSU’s SEC slate, it looks like Guice probably won’t be 100 percent himself again this season. Which is unfortunate. But 80 percent of Guice’s potential is still pretty darn great. Great enough to strike fear into most defenses, at least.

A life well-lived

LSU and NFL legend Y.A. Tittle died Monday morning, as confirmed by multiple reports. The Hall of Fame quarterback was 90 years old.

In two years with LSU, Tittle scored 16 touchdowns, threw for 1,184 yards and rushed for 98 more. He parlayed his college success into a memorable NFL career with the Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants. In a career spanning 17 years, Tittle threw for 33,070 yards and 242 touchdowns, made 7 Pro Bowls and 4 All-Pro teams and won 1 NFL MVP award.

His crowning glory came in October of 1962 when Tittle became the first NFL quarterback to throw for 500 yards and 7 touchdowns in one game. Since that day, only New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has replicated the feat.

May the LSU, NFL and Louisiana sports legend rest in peace.

One grows, one shrinks

Line depth has been the biggest question mark for LSU this season, both offensive and defensive. Heading into LSU’s big game versus Auburn this weekend, the reinforcements are coming on one side. On the other? Not so much.

LSU’s defensive line will be as close to full strength as it’s been all season Saturday. Senior Frank Herron will be back from his six-game suspension/ineligibility, and sophomores Rashard Lawrence and Ed Alexander are expected to be healthy. This should allow for LSU to rotate on the defensive front more than it has all season.

The offensive line, however, is a bit of a trainwreck. Starters K.J. Malone, Toby Weathersby and Will Clapp were all absent from practice Monday, and Orgeron listed Malone and Weathersby as questionable. If Malone and Weathersby can’t go, Saahdiq Charles and Austin Deculus will join Ed Ingram as first-year freshmen starting on the offensive line. If Clapp can’t play, redshirt freshman Lloyd Cushenberry will up the freshman count to four.

That’s not optimal against an Auburn defense that’s already come away with 15 sacks this season, the third most in the SEC.

Learn stuff

My weekly film study dropped on SEC Country on Monday morning. In this one, I took a look at Matt Canada’s jet sweeps and how LSU ran them to perfection against Florida.

You can read it by clicking here. It’s a fun one, if I do say so myself. Canada’s offense is predicated on setting up inside runs by drawing defenders outside the box. LSU did that remarkably well versus Florida, so well that the inside runs weren’t necessary.

Canada’s offense is all about building blocks. Chances are we won’t see the same offense this week versus Auburn, but an evolution from it. I, for one, am excited to see where this heads next.

Learn more stuff

One of the many great by-products of writing for a website such as SEC Country is you have co-workers all across the conference. Instead of me learning everything about Auburn to teach to you guys, I can defer to their expertise. So, to keep you informed, here are some great selections on the Orange Tigers from very nice people Justin Ferguson, Lauren Shute and Ben Wolk:

Today in made-up holidays

Oct. 10 is a really boring day for made-up holidays. It’s Angel Food Cake Day, Cake Decorating Day and Handbag Day. Yep. Two cake holidays and purses.

Not much to celebrate Tuesday. If you’re big into cake decoration, go wild. But I think I’m going to take the day off from frivolous celebration. Let’s go all in Wednesday. It’s a busy day for holidays, I’ll tell you what.

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