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VIDEO: LSU RB Derrius Guice squats 650 pounds

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Derrius Guice may be the most underrated player in college football.

Playing in the shadow of Leonard Fournette, Guice posted an eye-popping 8.55 yards per carry (51 rushes for 436 yards) as a freshman in 2015, then kept his big-play ability as his usage increased while Fournette battled injuries in his final college season. Guice rushed 183 times for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns; his 7.58 yards per carry average was the most among Power 5 rushers with at least 180 carries.

So, yes, Guice is really good. He’s also a physical freak.

LSU captured and tweeted video Friday of Guice squatting 650 pounds, more than three times his listed 212 pounds.

If — and this is a massive, Les Miles-firing if — LSU can consistently throw the ball in 2017, go ahead and make Guice your darkhorse Heisman contender in 2017.

(HT CBS Sports)

After UCLA, Baylor visits, ex-LSU lineman opts for Texas JUCO

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In the end, a former highly-touted high school prospect will start over at a much lower rung on the college football ladder.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Willie Allen has decided to attend Tyler Junior College and play football this season for the Texas JUCO.  The offensive lineman told the Baton Rouge Advocate that he decided to take the JUCO route so as not to miss out on another season of eligibility as he had previously burned his redshirt.

The move comes nearly three weeks after Allen decided to transfer from LSU.

Prior to settling on the Texas JUCO, Allen had taken visits to, among others, Baylor and UCLA.  TCU had also been given serious consideration by Allen, but he was blocked by LSU after that Big 12 program reportedly had contact with the player before he had formally requested a transfer.

A four-star 2016 signee, Allen was rated as the No. 10 player at any position in the state of Louisiana and the No. 17 tackle in the country.  Only one lineman in the Tigers’ class that year, guard Donavaughn Campbell, was rated higher than Allen.

An unspecified leg injury suffered in the midst of summer camp sidelined him for his true freshman season and led to Allen taking a redshirt for 2016.

Allen was the third offensive lineman to transfer since December.  That month, tackle Chidi Okeke opted to leave; four months later, Andy Dodd did the same.

Another member of Allen’s recruiting class, four-star defensive back Savion Smith, announced May 31 that he would be transferring as well.

LSU reportedly blocks OL Willie Allen from transferring to TCU

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Ed Orgeron’s quest to build a wall around the state of Louisiana has made news for keeping certain folks out of the state this past week but it has apparently proven quite effective at keeping at least one player inside the border as well.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that freshman offensive lineman Willie Allen had intended to transfer to TCU this offseason but that he was blocked by the school from doing so:

Allen’s choice? TCU, a request that LSU promptly denied, according to multiple sources between Baton Rouge and Stadium Drive in Fort Worth. A source said that an LSU appeals committee ruled Thursday that Allen would be released from his scholarship, provided he transfers anywhere but to a Southeastern Conference school or TCU.

Allen announced his intention to transfer out of Baton Rouge last week after taking a redshirt year in 2016. While it’s understandable that the Tigers don’t want him to head out to another SEC school, blocking the Horned Frogs is a bit puzzling at first glance after they were one of the teams that recruited Allen hard out of high school.  It turns out there’s a reason why the school put a lone Big 12 destination on the no-go list however.

The Baton Rouge Advocate dug a little deeper into the matter and reports that the LSU staff believes that TCU had some sort of contact with Allen before he formally requested a transfer. It seems a little unlikely either school will formally confirm that accusation but it has been known to happen over the years when a player is thinking about moving on from a program.

Baylor, UCLA, Miami and Oklahoma all appear in the mix for Allen with Forth Worth off the table as a result, according to Allen’s high school coach. It’s possible he could appeal the decision by the Tigers but the offensive lineman will otherwise be looking at somewhere else to play in 2018.

Hal Mumme turned Ed Orgeron into NCAA over camp flap

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What, you thought you’d heard the last of a controversy involving satellite camps?

Earlier this week, Hal Mumme, the former Kentucky head coach now at Div. III in Belhaven in Mississippi, took to referring to Ed Orgeron as “Paranoid Ed” as Mumme alleged that the LSU head coach and/or those connected to the program used their influence to (twice) cancel a camp in Baton Rouge that was to be attended Thursday by, among others, Texas and Houston.  The former, of course, is coached by Tom Herman, who was reportedly close to becoming the Tigers’ coach before spurning LSU in favor of UT. “That failed courtship rankled LSU athletic department officials,” SI.com wrote.

During a radio interview Thursday, Mumme ratcheted up the rhetoric, telling the ESPN affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., that he has turned Orgeron into the NCAA.

“I think the NCAA needs to come in and look at that,” Mumme said. “I don’t see how a public figure at an SEC school can basically extort people into not using their facilities for the public good.”

It’s highly doubtful that the NCAA will do much if anything, but the university could and should.  Certainly what Orgeron and/or other Tiger political minions are alleged to be doing will have no impact on the four- and five-star players; they will get signed regardless.  What they’re doing, if the allegations are true, is preventing those below the upper echelon of recruits from being exposed to football programs that might otherwise not be an option, and vice versa.

If Orgeron cares as much about the kids in his home state as he claims, he’ll stand down.  And tell those around him to do the same.

As for Mumme?  He resigned as UK’s head coach right before National Signing Day 2001 in the midst of an investigation into alleged NCAA improprieties, including payments to recruits as well as high school coaches.  While Mumme was not found to have committed any violations himself, the football program was found to have committed more than three dozen and was banned from the 2002 postseason as well as stripped of nearly 20 scholarships.

Mumme’s only jobs at the FBS level since his scandal-plagued end in Lexington came as the head coach at New Mexico State from 2005-08 as well as the offensive coordinator at SMU for one season in 2013.

LSU transfer Saivion Smith to star over at Mississippi JUCO

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Before restarting his FBS playing career, Saivion Smith will make a pit stop at a lower level of college football.

According to a Twitter feed devoted to all things junior college football, Smith is set to transfer to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.  The report comes nearly two weeks after the defensive back took to the same social media website to announce his decision to transfer from LSU.

It’s expected that, after one season at MGCCC, Smith will return to the FBS.  There’s already speculation that he could return to the Tigers, although such talk is likely premature at best.

A four-star 2016 signee, Smith was rated as the No. 5 cornerback in the country; the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Florida; and the No. 48 recruit on 247Sports.com’s composite board.  Only two players in the Tigers’ class that year were rated higher than Smith.

As a true freshman, Smith appeared in 10 games.  He was credited with four tackles, and was slated for significant playing time in 2017 prior to his decision to leave LSU.

Smith is at least the second player with SEC ties to join the MGCCC football team for the upcoming season.  Just prior to National Signing Day this year, it was reported that Alabama commit Akial Byers would be attending the junior college because of academic issues.