Anthony Jennings came to LSU as a four-star quarterback recruit and enrolled early to take advantage of the extra coaching and preparation to put himself in position to earn the Tiger’s backup spot and a starting spot when Zach Mettenberger departs.
His opportunity could come much sooner than he anticipated this weekend when LSU welcomes the Furman Paladins to Tiger Stadium on Saturday night as Jennings should see his most extensive action as a collegian.
The 6-2, 205-pound Marietta, Ga. native has appeared in five of LSU’s eight games, but has only attempted one pass–an 11-yard completion vs UAB–but with LSU likely to blow out the Paladins he should play for at least the entire fourth quarter.
Les Miles was asked about Jennings getting into the mix this Saturday at his weekly press conference Monday afternoon. Here’s what the head coach had to saw about the freshman quarterback:
“We would like to see Anthony Jennings specifically, not the second team because we think the second team will be watching most of the day, but we would expect that Anthony Jennings would want to see some action, and we’d like to have him see some action in this game.”
This will be a perfect opportunity to get Jennings on the field against an opponent he should not be overwhelmed by heading into the bye week.He should be able to make plays with his feet and his arm and gain some confidence which is crucial for a young quarterback.
He likely won’t get another opportunity this season to get such considerable reps–fingers crossed Zach Mettenberger stays healthy–and it will be a glimpse into next year and if he’ll be the team’s starter next season or if it’ll be highly-touted recruit Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La. Parkway).
Jennings won’t be the only young Tiger to get some extensive play this Saturday as we should expect to see more of Kendell Beckwith, Christian LoCoture, Rashard Robinson and of course Tre’Davious White on defense. Offensively, offensive linemen Ethan Pocic and Josh Boutte should be protecting Jennings late in the game on Saturday.
It will be a glimpse into the future of the LSU program on Saturday and coming off a tough week that should be pretty exciting.