Terrence Magee, should be thanking Jeremy Hill for assaulting a man in a bar parking lot. Magee was supposed to be the fourth string running back entering the 2013-2014 season. However, due to Hill’s suspension Magee moved from fourth to third on the depth chart. This proved to be crucial for the junior running back.
In Magee’s first two years as a Tiger, he played mostly mop up minutes. His freshman year he had 27 carries for 133 yards. As a sophomore he was switched to a wide receiver because there were five running backs ahead of him on the depth chart, Spencer Ware, Alfred Blue, Michael Ford, Jeremy Hill, and Kenny Hilliard. Apparently there were plenty of wide receivers ahead of him as well as he only had one reception for seven yards during the entire year. Which brings us back to this year.
LSU loves to rotate running backs, keeping fresh legs on the field. The Tigers tend to use three running backs a game and ride the top one or two backs that are playing the best. With Magee being moved up to the third spot on the depth chart, he received an opportunity, and that was all he needed to showcase his abilities.
On the Tigers’ opening drive Magee powered through the TCU defense for a pair of six yard runs. It was not until the second half that he exploded into the spotlight. After a Jalen Mills interception, Alfred Blue managed a meager four yards on two carries. A pass interference call bailed the Tigers out on third down. The next play Magee took the handoff and followed his blockers up the left side. The blocking was outstanding and Magee read it perfectly, finding daylight and traveling 52 yards for the score.
Magee finished the day with a career best 98 rushing yards after only gaining 133 yards on the ground in his first two seasons combined. He played a sensational game and proved that he deserves playing time, even when Hill returns to the line up. Terrence Magee could be a valuable piece to the Tigers’ running attack that is dominant year in and out. With a lowly opponent in UAB coming to Tiger Stadium, Terrence Magee should receive plenty of opportunity to prove the TCU game was not a fluke.