LSU banged up ahead of matchup with Florida Gators

The LSU Tigers are battling an injury bug that could affect their game this week against the Florida Gators.

Starting running back Derrius Guice missed the Tigers’ loss last week against Troy but head coach Ed Orgeron said that Guice would travel to Gainesville. Guice is nursing a leg injury he sustained in a loss to Mississippi State on September 16. Backup running back Darrel Williams injured his ankle late in the loss to Troy. Both running backs have practiced this week and will travel but remain questionable to play.

Guice carried the ball 19 times last year against Florida, gaining 83 yards and a score. The most memorable moment from the game came on the final play when Guice ran the wrong play and was stopped short of the goal line in a 16-10 loss. Williams, who is the Tigers’ leading rusher this season, carried the ball just three times for 14 yards a year ago against Florida.

If Guice and Williams cannot play, or are limited, LSU will turn to junior Nick Brosette or freshman Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The pair has combined for just 21 carries and 102 yards this season.

Additionally LSU will go with a new kicker this week in redshirt freshman Connor Culp, who replaces walk-on Jack Gonsoulin. Gonsoulin and Culp have converted just 3-of-7 kicks this season.

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