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Ravens undrafted rookie running back Terrence Magee (LSU) says he has 'all-around skills'

Former LSU running back has been texting with former teammate La'el Collins, who also went undrafted.

Terrence Magee operated in a versatile role for the LSU Tigers, lining up at running back, wide receiver and returning kicks. A high school quarterback, Magee even completed a 44-yard pass in a game against Mississippi State.

He is hoping to provide similar versatility for the Ravens after agreeing to a three-year contract (which includes a $3,000 signing bonus) as an undrafted free agent.

"I'm an all-around back and my biggest attribute is my ability to play on third downs and protect the quarterback and win matchups with linebackers," Magee told The Baltimore Sun. "I have all-around skills."

Magee chose the Ravens over the Atlanta Falcons and several other teams after talking with running backs coach Thomas Hammock. He rushed for 1,330 career rushing yards and a dozen touchdowns.

"I was very excited to go to the Ravens," Magee said. "I was kind of unsure where I was going to go, but, after talking it over with my agent and talking to coach Hammock, that was the best fit for me."

The 5-foot-9, 217-pound back ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds and had a 37-inch vertical leap. He bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times. Magee rushed for 571 yards and three touchdowns as a senior.

Magee couldn't run the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine because of a strained hamstring suffered during the East-West Shrine all-star game.

At LSU, Magee split time with several other running backs. Last season, he was a backup to freshman standout Leonard Fournette.

"When I first got there, we had six backs out there fighting for reps," Magee said. "I looked at it as a bad thing at first, but now I see that I don't have a lot of mileage on my body like a lot of other guys do."

Magee led the team's running backs with 17 catches last season. He had 24 career receptions for 271 yards. He rushed for a career-high 149 yards on 13 carries in a win over Texas A&M as a junior.

As a junior, he rushed for 626 yards and eight touchdowns after moving from wide receiver.

"Playing wide receiver taught me a lot," Magee said. "I learned about reading coverage and catching the ball and route running. It helps me a lot at running back."

In high school, Magee passed for 2,634 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior and rushed for 1,370 yards and 19 touchdowns.

"I miss playing quarterback all the time, but I love playing running back now," Magee said. "I'm having fun with it all."

Magee said he has texted with former LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins. Collins went undrafted after being embroiled in a legal situation that led homicide investigators to interview him Monday. Baton Rouge police said he's not a suspect in the murder of a former girlfriend.

Collins met with Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan on Monday night and will meet with the Miami Dolphins Tuesday. Collins visited the Ravens before the NFL draft.

"I told him I'm praying for him," Magee said. "Hopefully, this whole thing gets cleared up. It's a crazy situation. It's a shame, but I'm sure it's all going to work out for him in the end."

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