It was a lot to ask of a true freshman to come in and make his first career start in a bowl game, but thats what LSU had to do. With Zach Mettenberger out with a torn acl suffered against Arkansas, Anthony Jennings was thrown into the starting role.
Cam Cameron tried to use his play calling to take the pressure off the young quarterback. LSU ran the ball on 51 of their 71 plays. However Jennings struggled when his number was called.
Jennings attempted 19 passes in the game and only completed seven of them for a completion percentage below 37%. He only managed 82 passing yards, just 4.32 yards a pass attempt.
Jennings was praised as being a dual threat quarterback, but he wasn’t able to get the job done with is feet either. Including sacks, he had five rushing attempts for -31 yards. He was however able to find the end zone on a two yard run to cap off LSU first drive of the game.
In a game where the LSU defense was dominant, Jennings was Iowa’s best offense. Late in the third quarter, he badly over threw his intended receiver, and the ball was picked off by John Lowdermilk. Lowdermilk was able to return the ball all the way for a touchdown, but it was later ruled that he dropped the ball short of the end zone, giving Iowa the ball on the LSU 1.
It was a rough first start for the freshman quarterback, but he is young and should be able to improve greatly under offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Cam Cameron.
Anthony Jennings Outback Bowl grade: F