Louisville Football: Why Fournette Missing Citrus Bowl Isn't A Big Deal

BY Fansided and Derek Snyder/FanSided via Big Red Louie • December 16, 2016

We examine why Leonard Fournette missing the Citrus Bowl won’t change Louisville football’s plan of attack.

There is a report that Leonard Fournette will be missing the Citrus Bowl against the Louisville football team in order to be healthy enough for the 2017 NFL Draft. While it is a little bit of a relief because that guy is a top ten NFL talent, it doesn’t mean that beating the Tigers and shutting down their rushing attack will be any easier.

Sophomore running back Derrius Guice has been starting in Fournette’s place because on an injury that kept the future NFL draft pick sidelined for most of this season. Guice took the opportunity and became one of the best running backs in all of the Southeastern Conference.

According to College Football Stats, Guice is second in the conference in rushing yards with 1,249, first in the conference with 14 rushing touchdowns, and also first in the conference in rushing yards per carry with an amazing 7.96.

Take a look at this video from Campus Insiders, talking about Guice breaking LSU’s single-game rushing record.

With that being said, I hope you realize that Fournette missing this game against Louisville really isn’t a big deal whatsoever. It means that the Cards won’t have to account for both running backs, but it does mean that Guice will get the majority of the carries and will give the Cardinals many issues.

He is only 5-foot-11, but he will flat out run right by you. Guice is strong, physical, and has every intangible to be LSU’s top running back for the next few seasons. Hopefully Louisville will be ready to go on December 31st because I know Derrius Guice will be.

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