With the Redskins taking off for training camp later this month, Redskins.com will take a deeper look at the new faces of the organization and what we've learned regarding their football and life background.
Today the focus is shifted towards rookie running back Derrius Guice.
1. He's a community guy
While the Redskins encourage their players to be active in the community, Guice went over the top during his first few months in Washington. On the evening before his first OTA session was to begin, the rookie running back bought 50 tickets for fans to go see Avengers with him at the Alamo Drafthouse in One Loudoun in addition to handing out signed cards to fans who joined him.
On June 3, he went bowling with fans and spent the following day showing his support for local D.C. teams by attending a Washington Mystics game as well as attending the Capitals' watch parties during the Stanley Cup Finals run. After the conclusion of minicamp, Guice raised more than $19,000 for the Mary Bird Perkins Center in his hometown of Baton Rouge, La., for cancer research.
2. He grew up and lived in Baton Rouge, La., his whole life.
While Guice played his college career at LSU, he grew up following the Tigers throughout his childhood. Attending Catholic High School, approximately three miles from the LSU campus, the US Army All-American rushed for 1,341 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns in addition to contributing 617 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns as a senior.
Selected to the 5A all-state and all-metro teams after rushing for 1,101 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, Guice followed that up the following year by leading his team to a 9-2 record and district championship. Starting his high school career at McKinley Senior High School, he made the most of his scholarship opportunity.
Moving 1,200 miles away from home, Guice has had no problems making the adjustment to Washington. The environment, he says, is similar to his hometown and being active community has also made him feel welcome.
"It's very hot out here as well, so the only difference I have up here is the food is different," Guice said. "Everything else, the weather, so far is pretty much the same."
3. He had an accomplished LSU career
The Baton Rouge, La., native carried over his stat-racking high school career over to the Division-I level for his hometown team. Accruing 3,074 career rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns on 471 carries, Guice turned himself into one of the best running backs to play in a Tigers' uniform.
Setting three school records and ranking among the Top 10 in LSU history in 28 categories, the 2016 First Team All-SEC member started to make his first successful strides during his sophomore season. Leading the Tigers to an 8-4 record, Guice helped LSU cap off the 2016 season with a Citrus Bowl win over Louisville, earning MVP honors in the process.
Earning All-SEC second team honors his junior season, Guice finished his college career off with a 6.53 yards-per-carry average, which is second all-time in SEC history behind Auburn's Bo Jackson (6.62).
"Playing against him, it's like you just know what's going to happen," 2018 first round pick Daron Payne said. "They are going to run the ball at you and it's going to be a battle in the trenches. And I think we always get pumped up for those type of games because we tried to pride ourselves on stopping the run, but they've got a good group of guys over there so we did what we had to do."
4. He played with Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette
Guice is already familiar with playing with NFL running backs. During his first two years at LSU, he was teammates with current Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette.
While playing behind Fournette, Guice had the opportunity to learn about running with power and applied those concepts during his final two years in college. The second-year NFL running back told The Times Picayune that the Redskins' second-round pick is "going to have a great year" during his rookie campaign.
The 59th-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft was recently ranked No. 36 in the best fantasy football players for this upcoming season.
5. Guice is a "high-energy" player
Guice has already made a quality impression on his teammates and the coaching staff during his first two months as a member of the Redskins. Wanting to take every rep during all drills, his energy has raised the eyebrows of everyone involved in Washington.
He has shown excitement for practice during sessions, according to running back Chris Thompson, and wants to know everything in the playbook by reaching out to veterans in meetings. Because of the 5-foot-11 rookie running back's eagerness to play, he has earned reps with the first team during offseason workouts and has raised the level of play with the rest of the running backs group.
Running backs coach Randy Jordan has noticed that Guice has already made his teammates around him better heading into training camp.
"First and foremost, he's a tremendous talent," Jordan said. "He's a guy that is high-energy, he's talented. What he's done to the room is elevated the play because he's a high-energy guy that wants to take every rep. When you get a guy like that, everybody else is like, 'Hey man, I've got to make sure I take care of mine.' So what it's done is elevated the play in the room."
6. He is eager to learn
What has made Guice a likeable character with the Redskins is the fact that he wants to learn everything involved with the NFL game now. Thompson said that he is always asking questions in meetings and he wants to know the attention to details on every aspect.
The fact that Guice is happy asking helps lighten the mood in the running backs room, according to Thompson. While many of the rookies are excited to learn the system, the 20-year-old is curious about every single play whenever the group is watching film or they are on the field.
Guice's happiness and eagerness to learn is motivating for his teammates as well as helps increase the chemistry involving the team.
"After being around him now for a while, he's just a young 20-year old that's just enjoying the game and enjoying life," Thompson said. "You can't knock a guy for being so happy after he went through all the stuff that he's been through. I would probably be an angry person at this point. He's just happy and super hyper all the time. He puts some pressure on me in meeting room a little bit because he asks a lot of questions and he wants to know why on everything and that's not always a bad thing. He's willing to learn and he wants to learn every little thing that he can. It's been good having him here and I'm glad we got him here. He's a great kid."
7. The more yards Guice gets, the better chance his team wins
The statistics have shown that the more yards Guice rushes for in a game, the better chance that his team is going to win. He rushed for 100 or more yards in a game 12 times during his LSU career. Those performances led to 12 wins.
During his college career, he helped the Tigers to 26 wins in his three-year span. Washington is planning on using Guice in an effective way so that statistic carries over to NFL games.
He said that his teammates have helped him make the college to pro transition smooth, wanting him to perform at a high-level regardless if he takes a starting spot.
"They make everything easy," Guice said. "You got a lot of vets around here. They pretty much welcome you with their arms open and stuff and take you under their wings and stuff. They do a lot. They just make it easier. They're not stuck up vets that just want to play. They want to help everybody out to make sure we win."