HOOVER, Ala. – When a video surfaced on Twitter last April boasting of LSU running back Derrius Guice squatting 583 pounds, Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardman couldn’t help but respond with a subtle dig.
According to Hardman, teammate Nick Chubb could do that in his sleep.
Maybe not in his sleep, but Chubb routinely squats well north of 500-plus and, as a senior in high school,set the state record in the squat with an incredible lift of 700 pounds.
Naturally, Guice had something to say about that, tweeting out a response that he later deleted, but Monday said he didn’t blame Hardman for standing up for his teammate.
“Oh no, everybody, even on my team, when I’m right or wrong, somebody is going to back me up,” Guice said. “That’s how you look at it. He’s backing his brother up. He’s saying his brother can do more. All I can do is respect that.”
Regardless of who squats the most, Guice and Chubb come into the year as two of the top running backs in the SEC.
Last year, Guice led the SEC in rushing with 1,387 yards and 16 total touchdowns while Chubb – one year removed from his knee injury at Tennessee – rushed for 1,130 yards and nine scores.
“It’s not about how strong you are in the weight room, it’s about your performance on the field. I can be the strongest man in the world and still be standing on the field,” Guice said. “It’s all about what your film shows, it’s not about what your weight room statistics show.”
Guice smiled when asked if he would like to have a “squat-off” against Chubb, who he has not met.
“I’m a competitor,” Guice said. “To me, that (the Twitter exchange with Hardman) was just fun. I would have done the same. You can’t be mad. That’s football.”