LSU’s representation at SEC Media Days contained two prospects that could shine at the NFL level.
Every year, the players that represent their schools at SEC Media Days shine with loads of potential stored up to make an impact the following year. Some of them maintain the ability to continue to make plays and be effective for many years at the professional level. On the opening day of SEC Media Days, LSU was represented by a dynamic duo that will make plays for NFL teams following the 2017 college football season.
Running back Derrius Guice and receiver D.J. Chark will carry the LSU offense this season for the Tigers.
Guice burst on to the scene last season as people muttered the question: “Is he better than Leonard Fournette?”
The comparisons have not stopped and he was asked about it in Hoover, Ala.
“I tend to block out the comparison. That is a man who I have looked up to for the past 4 to 5 years. Ever since he was here, I had a great time learning from him, as I learned a lot. I taught him a lot of things too that I didn’t recognize until he told me,” he said. “The main thing that he really taught me was how to grow up fast because as you see he has two kids now being so young so he had to change his life quickly and grow up fast. And with me, I would transition that to the football world in terms of how fast I can grow up. I just turned 20 a few weeks ago, and I am in front of all these big cameras. You need to realize whether I am a teenager or not, I need to grow up whether I want to or not, and that is one thing Leonard told me was you have to grow up and be a man quick in the football business.”
Guice’s 1,387 yards on the ground was good enough to lead the Southeastern Conference in 2016 with a bulk of it coming out of a backup role.
His fellow offensive teammate, Chark, spent time at the podium as well. One of his strengths that show on tape is his ability to generate space and get open against talented defensive units and individual players.
He talked about his strength when asked about his toughest opponent since arriving at LSU.
“It would have to be Alabama. Their defensive line wreaked havoc every game they played, so you got to find ways to get open, and get open quick,” Chark said. “So facing them is a challenge every year. They’re very smart, and coached well, so I think that would probably be the most disciplined and difficult defense we’ve ever faced.”
Chark earned three catches for 45 yards against Alabama. That performance contributed to his season total 26 catches for 466 yards and three touchdowns.