LSU running back Terrence Magee, a quarterback at Franklinton High School, waited three-plus years for the coaching staff to call a halfback pass for him.
So when his time finally came in the first quarter on Saturday night against Mississippi State, Magee did a double-take in the huddle.
“Uh, I kind of had to ask them twice,” a smiling Magee said of his reaction to the call. “I was like, ‘OK, about time we run it.’ We’ve been having it in the game plan for a while, we just never got around to doing it.”
Magee, a left-hander, took a quick pitch from Anthony Jennings and rolled to his left to loft a spiral to wide receiver Malachi Dupre, who caught the ball 26 yards down the field and turned it into a 44-yard gain.
“With a guy like that, all you have to do is throw it in his area … I’m sure he’ll come down with it, as long as he is,” Magee said of the 6-foot-3 Dupre.
It was Magee’s first throw in a football game since his last game at Franklinton High. Magee threw a touchdown in the state championship game, but it was negated by a penalty.
His pass to Dupre was never in doubt. The safety and cornerback bit on the run, and Magee threw short of Dupre. It was planned.
“I didn’t want to overthrow him,” the running back said. “I just wanted to give him a good ball.”
The Southeastern Conference has suspended Mississippi State center Dillon Day for the Bulldogs’ next game, against Texas A&M, after reviewing game film of him stomping LSU players.
LSU coach Les Miles said Monday that the school sent video to the conference of Day stomping on defensive tackle Davon Godchaux and cornerback Rashard Robinson during the Bulldogs’ 34-29 win. Here is the video courtesy of Saturday Down South and ESPN.
“This action is the result of multiple flagrant and unsportsmanlike acts during the game, as well as previous disciplinary action for similar behavior,” the league wrote in a statement.
Day, a Monroe native, was suspended by Mississippi State for the first half of a game last season for stomping on an Auburn player.
The Bulldogs are off this week and host Texas A&M on Oct. 4.
“I think not only did TV catch that, but that was something that we caught, that we sent in,” Miles said Monday. “And certainly the conference will do the right thing.”
Day, through his Twitter account, apologized in a letter addressed to Mississippi State fans. He said he was “wrongfully accused.”
After scoring only 20 points in the first half of games with Wisconsin, Louisiana-Monroe and Mississippi State, members of the LSU offense know faster starts are a must in the final eight games – seven of which are against Southeastern Conference opposition. “That’s going to be a big focus for us again this week, to come out and start fast,” Magee said. “We just have to do a better job of executing early. We do a good job executing late; we have to come out and establish a flow and get into a rhythm in the first half.
“We’re putting more emphasis on it. We had a lot on it before, but (offensive coordinator) Coach Cam (Cameron) and Coach (Les) Miles they took that up on their shoulders. As an offense, we’re taking it on ours, too. It’s our fault we’ve been going out starting kind of sluggish.”
Tigers grab JC commitment
LSU received a commitment from junior college receiver-turned-safety Jeremy Cutrer, according to 24/7 Sports.
A 6-foot-2, 170-pounder, Cutrer was part of the Tigers’ 2013 signing class before heading to junior college.
He played receiver last season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
He’s been moved to defensive back this season and was offered as a safety, according to 24/7 Sports.
The website ranks Cutrer as the No. 1-ranked junior college receiver in the nation and the seventh-ranked JUCO prospect overall.