Being a playmaker is nothing strange for Magee, who led Franklinton to the Louisiana Class 4A title in 2010. In the state title game, Magee accounted for 329 yards — 203 passing and 126 rushing — and two touchdowns. He was responsible for more than 4,000 yards and 51 touchdowns as a high school senior.
It was known throughout Magee's recruiting that he would be shifted to running back in college. Magee carried the ball 27 times as a freshman with the Tigers.
"It was a big adjustment moving from quarterback to running back," Magee said. "As the quarterback, you are the leader of the team. You are responsible for what everybody is doing. As a running back, your role goes down. You are not in control. But, I knew I was going to play running back at LSU."
Last season, Magee was shifted to receiver — a move which bothered him, but seemed necessary because there were five running backs ahead of him on the depth chart. Magee caught one pass last year — a 7-yarder against Idaho. Coaches decided late in the regular season that Magee would return to running back.
"The toughest part of the last two years was when I was moved to receiver," Magee said. "I viewed (the change) as a negative. I wasn't used to playing there. I knew I was not going to get to the next level as a receiver.
"When I went back to running back, I had to stay confident and motivated," said Magee, adding that running backs coach Frank Wilson assured him he would receive an opportunity to play. "It has been hard, but I knew my time would come."
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger is glad it did.
"Terrence has been lost in the mix the last couple of years," Mettenberger said. "You saw his role last week. He showed the wheels to make a big run on the touchdown. He is also a great receiver."
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