Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) celebrates after his first quarter touchdown against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Jennings speaks via Twitter to respond to critics after Outback Bowl

Anthony Jennings made his first career college start for LSU in the Outback Bowl and didn’t have much success against a very good Iowa Hawkeyes defense as he finished with 82 yards passing on 7/19 passing was sacked four times and threw an interception that resulted in seven points for Iowa.

Jennings had big shoes to fill in place of the injured Zach Mettenberger and perhaps expectations were unfairly high for him in the Outback Bowl, and showed he has a lot to work on in the offseason if he is to have success and be the starting quarterback in the season opener.

LSU did make the true freshman available to the hoards of media after the game, but he did express himself through Twitter, including one tweet around 1:30 a.m. that can be interpreted as a source of motivation.

I interpreted these tweets as Jennings first giving credit to the team as every great leader should do first and foremost.

Secondly, if you’re not focused on getting better, then you’re getting worse and you’re not going to be successful at LSU or anywhere else for that matter.

Lastly, I take his last tweet as him using his performance in the Outback as fuel for the fire to motivate him to work harder and prove anyone wrong who thinks he’s not the man for the job.

Athletes will use any perceived sleight as motivation and it looks like Jennings isn’t content with his performance and LSU fans should be encouraged with his mindset to strive for greatness. Anything less would be cause for concern.

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