LSU Football: 5 Players Who Have Surprised Us in 2013
With the LSU Tigers on pace to set school records in 2013, the words "shock" and "surprise" come up an awful lot.
This squad is the first LSU team to accumulate 400-plus yards in each of its first four games. This is also the first time since 1928 that the Tigers have opened a season by scoring 30 or more points in their first four games.
The reason for a lot of these offensive revelations is the Cam Cameron hire, but the response from some undervalued players has lent a huge helping hand in this offense's emergence.
Here are the five LSU players who have surprised us so far.
Terrence Magee has come in like a wrecking ball.
Unlike Miley Cyrus, though, Magee's surprise mainstream attention was pleasant. Because of his humble approach to the game, Magee's opportunity to shine was enjoyed greatly by LSU's fanbase.
He's taken full advantage of the carries he's received by more than doubling his career rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
Magee's 219 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns are second on the team behind Jeremy Hill.
Entering the season, Magee was a fourth-string tailback (No. 3 with Hill out). After four games of action, he's asserted himself as the second-best running back in LSU's deep backfield.
Jerald Hawkins was worthy of the hype.
After Josh Williford's career was taken away from him with another concussion suffered at fall camp, Hawkins stepped into a starting role at right tackle and hasn't blinked.
I sat through press conference after press conference before the season, listening to Les Miles sing Hawkins' praises, and he has proven worthy.
LSU has allowed just four sacks all season, and Hawkins has been a staple on the outside in pass protection.
Perhaps his most impressive attribute, though, is his ability to fire off the ball and drive defenders down the field. This is a good-looking redshirt freshman, folks.
Ego Ferguson has been a dominant force inside.
How dominant? Well, he's already received some accolades from the SEC just four weeks into the season.
His eight tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss (one being a 15-yard sack) against Kent State earned him the SEC Defensive Player of the Week award.
It's not very often you see a defensive tackle post those type of numbers, but that's just the type of season Ferguson has had thus far. He has 21 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup.
Ferguson was overshadowed by Anthony Johnson heading into the season, but after four games of commanding defensive tackle play, he's emerged as one of the top defensive tackles in the conference.
Every now and then, the chat rooms get it right.
Tre'Davious White was the darling of the Internet heading into the season, and he's showed why.
After Miles hyped White in the offseason and the fans ran wild with all the preseason glory, White gained playing experience early into the season with poise, confidence and a ton of talent.
He's showcased that talent and won a starting job opposite of Jalen Mills.
With his frame, speed and sure tackling, he's a physical cornerback that will only get better with more experience. If his performance so far in 2013 is any indicator, White could be the next great defensive back at DBU.
Those three quarterbacks need to make room at the top, as Zach Mettenberger looks like an NFL-ready quarterback.
He stands in the pocket, observes, makes proper reads and delivers accurate passes. He's climbed the stat rankings this season, throwing for 1,026 yards (third in SEC), 10 touchdowns (second) and one interception.
After watching him at practice, I believed he would improve, but even I didn't think he would be this good.
He looks like a totally different quarterback than a year ago, and if he keeps this up, he could be a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.