The competition for the starting quarterback at LSU is going to be an interesting one that likely goes deep into August with freshman Brandon Harris trying to beat out rising sophomore Anthony Jennings to succeed Zach Mettenberger.
The transfer of Stephen Rivers reduces the competition by one that will also include Hayden Rettig and Rob Bolden, but most presume the race will come down to the two dual-threat signal-callers but Al.com is already labeling Jennings a “stud-in-waiting.”
“If Jennings can hold off [Brandon] Harris’ challenge, he’ll be expected to keep the position performing at a high level for LSU. He engineered a late, off-the-bench comeback to beat Arkansas in the season finale after Mettenberger was injured. But he was not nearly as impressive in the Tigers’ Outback Bowl win over Iowa.”
Jennings had an opportunity in the Outback Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes to put a sizable distance between he and the competition for the job, but struggled mightily in his first career start against a good Iowa defense.
Jennings completed 7-19 passes for 86 yards with an interception and ran five times for -31 yards and a touchdown. He did lead a last-minute drive to win the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the regular season finale, but on the big stage failed to impress.
I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt because it was his first start and against a top-20 defense, but Jennings will find his supporting cast in 2014 will not be as talented with Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr.and Jeremy Hill in the NFL.
However, with another offseason under his belt to get bigger, stronger, faster and smarter with hours of film study, I am optimistic Jennings will be able to shake off his lackluster Outback performance and be a sleeper pick to be the best quarterback in the SEC behind guys like Nick Marshall and Dak Prescott.
With Harris on the roster the LSU quarterback situation is as promising and loaded with potential as its been under Les Miles since Ryan Perriloux was on the roster–let’s just hope their careers turn out better than his.