SDS talent evaluators Jon Cooper and Brad Crawford spent several months breaking down last year’s highlights, incoming talent and projected 2014 impact following spring practice to compile a list of the SEC’s Top 100 players heading into fall. Athletes were selected by position then ranked overall counting down to No. 1.
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83. Terrence Magee, Sr., RB, LSU
A career back-up in Baton Rouge, Magee’s always been the guy in relief of LSU’s featured back but last season created quite a combo in split time with Jeremy Hill with a career-best 7.3 yards per carry average. He’s coach Les Miles’ yes man, a humble utility back who’s willing to do anything within Cam Cameron’s offense to better the Tigers.
This fall as a senior, Magee will finally get a shot at earning the majority of the carries in competition with Kenny Hilliard and heralded freshman Leonard Fournette. His strength’s between the tackle, a hard-nosed ballcarrier in short yardage situations and one of LSU’s best pass-blocking running backs. Throughout the spring, Magee has mentioned the sense of excitement circulating around Tiger Stadium in prep for what could the Tigers’ best backfield in recent seasons.
Two years removed from Spencer Ware and Michael Ford’s departure and coming off early exits by Hill and Alfred Blue, Magee and Hilliard are veterans who have stayed the course seeking their second trip to the SEC Championship Game — and perhaps more. No Zach Mettenberger means the Tigers will rely on the run early with young guns Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris under center.
2013 statistics: 86 carries, 626 yards, 8 TDs
2014 projection: 101 carries, 799 yards, 9 TDs
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