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LSU Tigers Can Rely on Running Game in 2013

Nelson Chenault, USA TODAY SPORTS

The LSU Tigers hired former NFL offensive coordinator Cam Cameron to run the offense in Baton Rouge this fall. Head coach Les Miles hopes that Cameron will have a positive effect on quarterback Zach Mettenberger, but Miles also knows that the Tigers can rely on what should be a very strong running attack in 2013.

“We may be deeper at tailback than any spot on the team,” Miles said at his pre-spring press conference on Wednesday. “With Jeremy Hill, Kenny Hilliard, Alfred Blue and now Terrence Magee back in that spot, I like the group. I think we will be improved.”

The Tigers have plenty of experience in Hill, Hilliard and Blue. Last season, Hill led the Tigers in rushing with 755 yards, and in rushing touchdowns with 12 as a freshman in 2012. Hilliard had 464 yards on the ground and six scores. Blue, who played in only three games last season due to a knee injury, had 270 yards and a pair of touchdowns. However, in 2011, Blue rushed for 539 yards and seven scores. Blue has rushed for 910 yards in his LSU career.

Magee, who transitioned from running back to wide receiver during the 2012 season, had 133 yards rushing in five games in 2011. He added a touchdown. He had only one rushing attempt last season, for no yards. He’s now back at running back, and enters the spring as the number four man on the depth chart.

Gone from the backfield are Michael Ford and Spencer Ware, but the Tigers figure to have plenty of firepower at that position, which could help make Cameron’s transition back to the college game a smooth one.