Just as safety Landon Collins left Alabama after three years, running back Derrius Guice was about to begin his college career at LSU.
The two never squared off against one another on the field. But as both players continue their staunch allegiance to their respective college teams, the two now-Redskins teammates squared off against one another with a series of tweets to debate the heated Alabama-versus-LSU rivalry.
Tuesday's Twitter debate centered around the what-could-have-been notion if Collins chose LSU over Alabama coming out of high school. During his prep years, Collins cemented himself as the No. 1 recruit in the state of Lousiana, according to 247 Sports, but opted to spurn the hometown power in favor of the Crimson Tide.
The exchange began after Collins' said during a Twitter question-and-answer that he'd rather send his kids to LSU than be quarantined with New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, who let him hit free agency last season.
I'll have all my kids go to LSU bro. https://t.co/UDfO6wzX5j— LANDON COLLINS (@TheHumble_21) March 31, 2020
A fan quote-tweeted his answer and said that Collins should have donned the purple-and-gold during his college days. But Collins, who won a national championship in 2013, has hardware that he feels validates his decision.
Naw I wouldn't be a champ if went https://t.co/oOSW7Kk6ZK— LANDON COLLINS (@TheHumble_21) March 31, 2020
That's when Guice got involved.
Defense wins championships I thought 🤔 https://t.co/Say9jvw9oz— 2️⃣9️⃣ (@DhaSickest) March 31, 2020
During those players' college careers, before Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa lit up the scoreboard during the 46-41 shootout in 2019, the annual matchup between the two SEC rivals was typically a low-scoring affair.
Alabama won all three matchups against LSU during Collins' career. The Tigers still put together solid seasons during that timeframe, but Guice feels that Collins could have pushed those teams to another level.
You said you wouldn’t have been a champ if you came to LSU but defense wins championships and you’re on defense 🤷🏾♂️ https://t.co/SZ5Hktr55L— 2️⃣9️⃣ (@DhaSickest) March 31, 2020
Collins, though, pointed to the other side of the ball, where points often came difficult to the LSU offense in the ground-and-pound scheme the Tigers have since abandoned.
That's very true but still we needed those points— LANDON COLLINS (@TheHumble_21) March 31, 2020
When it comes to Alabama and LSU, the two teammates will likely never see eye-to-eye. But now that burgundy and gold unites them, they do share the same thoughts on winning a championship together with the Redskins.
That's the goal my guy...that's where my heart always been and the prize in my eyes pic.twitter.com/0HwFinS7uk— LANDON COLLINS (@TheHumble_21) March 31, 2020
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