Running Back From: Franklinton, Louisiana Know this: He likes to remain calm before kickoff. “Excitement hits me at pregame, but after that I get my mind right.”
Speedster Terrence Magee earned his share of the spotlight late last year. In last season’s final five games, he rushed for more than 350 yards and became offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s go-to back in short yardage situations.
It took awhile for Magee to get on the field, though. Prior to the final stretch of the year, Magee was more of a special teams guy who played some wide receiver and some running back whenever called upon. He’s been a yes man, waiting for the opportunity to be a brighter star in the coaches’ eyes. Patience is just one of his strong suits. His others are faith, humility and leadership.
This season, fans will see all of that on full display as he and fellow senior running back Kenny Hilliard take center stage of what Tiger fans hope will be another high-powered offense run by Cameron.
Which role is more comfortable: running back or wide receiver?
I’m more comfortable playing running back. That’s my natural position, but you know, since I’ve been here, whatever’s out there for me to do to contribute to the team, I’m willing to do so.
Why approach the game like that?
Why not? Why limit yourself when there’s so much more out there that you can do? I feel like if there’s something out there that fits my skill set, or if I can go out there and learn from a guy who’s done it before, then why not go out there and learn it.
What have you learned from all those roles? How does that mold you as a player?
It shows that I’m the complete package. I can go and play anywhere on the field. I’ve had to learn how to read coverages on the go. I had to learn to make sharper cuts when coming in and out of the break, the routes and stuff. It’s helped me as a running back, reading those coverages, knowing what’s going on so I know what type of route I have to run, or what blitz they’re sending in from the secondary.
Who do you get that humble spirit from?
My grandma always told me, “You always want to be a humble person.” When I was young, I didn’t really know what it meant, but I didn’t really talk a lot. It came easy for me. But every time I go home, to this day, I go and talk with her. Within five minutes of the conversation, the word “humble” is going to come out of her mouth. She’s going to tell me to always remember who you are and where you come from and to stay humble. You always want to keep a good name for yourself.
How do you remain patient while also making sure the coaches notice you?
It’s the culmination of a lot of praying, talking to a lot of guys and believing in yourself and the talent you have. I heard someone say, “You’re not who you want to be, but you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.” I believed in that. I feel that good things happen to good people, so I knew it was only a matter of time before my time would come. I just had to stay patient and keep working.
The team is young. How do you feel about this group of guys?
People say we’re young every year. We played like 15 true freshman last year. I don’t think it’s a problem. We have a board that says, “Young guys be prepared to play and contribute.” That’s got to be the mindset of the young guys when they come in. They have to go out there and contribute. We’re dependent on them.”