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LSU Football: Predicting the Tigers Running Back Depth Chart

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Jeremy Hill #33 of the LSU Tigers reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers with Vadal Alexander #78 and La'el Collins #70 during the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IApril 1, 2013

LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles is faced with quite the dilemma heading into the 2013 college football season.

How does he spread out all of the carries to his talented group of running backs?

What a problem to have, right?

Despite losing both Michael Ford and Spencer Ware to the NFL draft, LSU is still absolutely loaded at the running back position heading into this season.

Jeremy Hill is the top returning rusher from last season, but it has been Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee who have stolen the show this spring.

But wait, what about Alfred Blue, who was the Tigers' leading rusher last season before he went down with a season-ending injury in Week 3 of the season?

Here's how I think this thing will all play out in 2013.

 

1. Jeremy Hill

Jeremy Hill was phenomenal last season for the Tigers. He began to get more carries once Blue went down with that injury early on in the season, and soon enough, he became the Tigers' workhorse back.

When it was all said and done, Hill led the Tigers in rushing yards (755) and rushing touchdowns (12) in 2012. Look for him to do much the same in 2013 as Hill establishes himself as the lead back in this talented LSU backfield.

 

2. Alfred Blue

Blue hasn't had the chance to shine like these other guys have in spring ball this year.

But assuming Blue is able to come back 100 percent after his leg injury last season, it really seems like the sky is the limit for this kid.

Blue only played in two full games last season, but in those two games, he totaled 224 yards and a touchdown. He was in line to be the lead back last season and certainly had the look of a guy who was capable of doing just that.

Expect big things from Blue in 2013.

 

3. Kenny Hilliard

Hilliard will lead LSU in rushing touchdowns in 2013.

There you have it folks—that's the big, bold prediction right there.

This kid is an absolute bulldozer when he carries the football for this LSU football team. Don't be surprised if Hilliard never tops 20 carries in a game this season, but make no mistake about it, he will make the most of it when he is given the ball.

Hilliard has already totaled 14 rushing touchdowns in two years in Baton Rouge, both spent in a backup role.

Don't be surprised if he rushes for 14 scores this year alone.

Yes, he is that good.

 

4. Terrence Magee

When is comes to pure athletes, there might not be a better one on this LSU roster than junior Terrence Magee.

The 5'9", 212-pound speedster has moved back and forth between running back and wide receiver in his first two years at LSU.

Now, as a junior, it looks like Magee will have a chance to establish himself as a full-time running back in this talented LSU backfield.

Magee has been outstanding this spring while working with the backs. Just this past week, he carried the ball seven times for 76 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers' second inner-squad scrimmage.

Don't be surprised to see Magee break off some big-time runs for this team this year.

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