BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The unexpected emergence of Terrence Magee has made it clear that LSU's running game can be productive even if Jeremy Hill's disciplinary benching lasts several games.
What remains to be seen is how Magee's playing time sorts out once Hill, the Tigers' 2012 leading rusher, is back on the field for ninth-ranked LSU.
"I am fortunate because I have an opportunity to play now," said Magee, who had 95 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers' season-opening victory over TCU. "It felt good to be out there. I hadn't played a full game in two years. I was just thankful for the opportunity. No matter when you get in there, you have to make every snap count."
Miles has refused to say if Hill, punished in connection with his offseason arrest for throwing a punch outside a bar, will return for Saturday night's home opener against UAB.
With Hill benched last Saturday, Magee entered LSU's opener against TCU in Dallas as the third-string running back behind Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard.
Blue, who was coming back from torn knee ligaments that sidelined him most of last season, picked up a hard-earned 89 yards rushing. Hilliard wound up carrying only four times for 8 yards.
The surprise was Magee, a former high school quarterback who has bounced back and forth between the roles of reserve running back and receiver since arriving at LSU in 2011. He led LSU last Saturday with 95 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns, one of which went for 52 yards, in LSU's 37-27 victory over the Horned Frogs.
Before the game, Magee had rushed for a total of 133 yards in the first two years of his college career.
"Terrence Magee is a talented guy," LSU coach Les Miles said. "Those inside this program root for Terrence Magee because he's just a great kid, who works hard and has ability. Given the opportunity, he'll make that kind of contribution throughout the year."
Magee had just two first-half carries against TCU, but he showed promise by picking up 6 yards on each attempt. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron called Magee's number more in the second half, when he carried 11 times for 83 yards.
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