HOOVER, AL (WAFB) -
Whether it's his quiet, patient demeanor or his willingness to take on any role that can help his Tigers win, senior running back Terrence Magee from Franklinton is clearly a guy his LSU teammates can look to for leadership.
The 2010 Warrick Dunn Award winner was a natural leader in high school at the quarterback position. Despite a limited role in college as both a runner, receiver and return threat, Magee's thankful for the example he got waiting behind Alfred Blue and Michael Ford.
Magee is more than willing to share his wisdom and maturity going into his final season with a team that's already missing defensive back Jalen Mills with an off-the-field issue. "There's a lot of good guys around the country in college football. Unfortunately, some of them tend to get in trouble sometimes. That's okay because we all make mistakes," said Magee. "You have to learn from their mistakes. That's the only way you get better in life is learning from guys who've messed up and making sure you don't go down the same path."
But Magee's influence could reach far beyond the Tigers' troubles outside the white lines. Especially when at least half of 2014's offensive play-makers will be true freshmen who've never played a single snap of college football, much less one in the talent-laden SEC. "We're leaning on them because we're going to need them," Magee insists. "It's one thing we've always relied on here at LSU is for young guys to play big, and I think they're going to do that."
One of the teammates Magee will be with constantly is the nation's top-ranked in-coming freshman Leonard Fournette. "It's my opportunity to take a young guy under my wing," Magee said. Even though Fournette's been a big name among Tiger fans since his freshman year at St. Augustine in New Orleans, Magee remembers the first time he ever saw video of the guy he compares to Adrian Peterson, when he was in assistant coach Frank Wilson's office one day. "I'd only seen one run and I went 'Wow!' I didn't even know who he was," Magee recalled.
Magee admits although he expects to get more carries this season than the 86 he had in 2013 to go with three 100-yard performances, he'll continue to be a humble supportive teammate when Fournette reveals his rare talent wearing his No.7 jersey for Les Miles' offense. "I'm excited to see him play and I think he's going to do great things at LSU."