Despite losing Michael Ford and Spencer Ware early to the NFL Draft, LSU returns arguably the SEC’s top backfield. Last year, we talked about the four-headed monster during the preseason, and now we’re talking about another four-headed monster during spring.
Jeremy Hill, Kenny Hilliard, Alfred Blue and Terrence Magee will all be a factor at running back.
Hill, Hilliard and Blue are the known commodities. Hill rushed for a team-high 755 yards and 12 touchdowns on his way to an electric finish to the regular season. Hilliard registered the second most with 464 yards and six touchdowns. But everyone seems to forget that it was Alfred Blue, not Ware or Ford, who started ‘12 #1 on the depth chart. Blue played just two full games before his injury against Idaho, and he posted two straight 100-yard games.
Meanwhile, Magee returns to the backfield after spending 2012 with the receiving corps, because of limited playing time in LSU’s crowded backfield.
Now back to his familiar position, Magee was the Tigers’ leading rusher in last Saturday’s scrimmage with 10 carries for 60 yards. But Magee now brings versatility and his receiving threat to the mix, which bodes well for much more playing time in Cam Cameron’s offense, because Cameron is known for getting backs involved in the passing game. Magee caught two passes for 28 yards Saturday, including one 22-yard touchdown, via NOLA.
“It felt good to contribute,” he said of the scrimmage and spring practice thus far. “I’ve been here two years. I’ve done a little bit but not as much as I plan on doing this season. It felt good to get some more work in.
“I’m not disappointed (having to wait). I’m just waiting my time. God has a plan for me. When it’s my time it’s going to happen.”
With Blue still sidelined from last year’s knee injury, Magee has stepped to the forefront with Hill and Hilliard as a formidable threat in the Tigers’ new-look offense. The spring’s trio will get a lift when Blue returns next fall.
This group has all the makings of the perfect compliment of backs. Hill and Hilliard are thunder, while Magee and Blue are the lightning.
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