Derrius Guide was one of the two most hyped college football players coming into the season. After starting the season with two straight 100+ yard performances, injuries limited the talented running back for a handful of games. With a running back conversation that it is often so crowded, recency is king and it is easy to fall out of mind after a few less than stellar weeks.
Guice is squarely back on the radar, however, after a dominating performance against the Ole Miss Rebels last week. Guice carried the ball 22 times for 276 yards (12.5 yards per carry) and a touchdown. Luckily for Guice, LSU and college football fans; the third year player looked healthy and back on top of his game.
Guice is a freakish athlete with incredible lateral movement ability, strength and long speed. His athleticism is even more impressive considering his well built frame at 5’11” and 220 pounds.
Guice is back in the top 25 for rushing yardage in college football this season after that impressive game and considering how LSU running backs are used; Guice will climb higher with every week. It is exciting to see one of college football’s best players healthy again and he should re-enter the conversation of the best backs in college football.
Other Performances of Note:
- Mike McGlinchey and Quenton Nelson, Offensive Line, Notre Dame: While I want to put Notre Dame’s awesome running back, Josh Adams, on here for his incredible 19 carry, 191 yard, three touchdown day against USC; it feels more appropriate to recognize the studs blocking for him up front. As good as Adams was, the Notre Dame line was monstrous last weekend. Mike McGlinchey and Quentin Nelson mauled the Trojans and opened gaping holes for the running game to dominate.
- Malik Jefferson, Linebacker, Texas: While many expected the Oklahoma State/Texas game to become a shootout; Malik Jefferson is a big reason the game stayed low scoring, even if Texas ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard. Jefferson looks like different player this year. He is more confident an his instincts are locked in which lets his athleticism show in full capacity. He was all over the field against the Cowboys and he is asserting himself as one of the better linebackers in the country.
- Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State: It is unsurprising to find Barkley on these lists, but it is important to credit him for his 100 yard day against a strong Michigan defense where he also caught passes for over 50 yards and a touchdown. While Barkley’s overall numbers are not elite this season; no offensive player is as important to his team’s success this season (besides maybe Lamar Jackson). Barkley is an all around star who will continue to key Penn State’s success this season.
- Deshon Elliott, Safety, Texas: it is crazy to think two Texas defenders made the list this week considering how rough their defense has been recently. However, Elliott’s five interceptions, two forced fumbles and four tackles for a loss are worth taking notice of. Against Oklahoma State; Elliott was sound in coverage but incredibly disruptive against the run. Elliott, a 6’2”, 210 pound junior is having a serious breakout year and that may carry him to being a coveted draft prospect.