5 bold predictions for the LSU football season

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Sep 13, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) and quarterback Brandon Harris (6) prior to a game against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Poor quarterback play has become almost as synonymous with LSU football as fried food and boudin has been to the tailgating scene. That is going to change in 2015.

I am not saying that whoever emerges as the starter is going to become an All-American quarterback, or even All-SEC for that matter. Much like we saw with Zach Mettenberger during his senior season, though, we will see significantly improved play at the position.

Not that improved play requires too much. After all, this is a team that finished 2014 with the 114th ranked passing attack in the nation.

Under offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, however, quarterbacks do not regress. They improve dramatically. Just take a look at the track record of signal callers who have excelled under his tutelage. Antwaan Randle El. Drew Brees. Joe Flacco. The man even turned Gus Frerotte into a Pro Bowl quarterback.

Success at quarterback for LSU does not require gaudy numbers. It simply requires someone that can manage the offense, get the ball to his playmakers and not make costly mistakes.

Both Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris are capable of doing so, especially with the weapons surrounding them, a tremendous coach and an experienced offensive line.

“I’m confident in both guys,” head coach Les Miles said at SEC Media Days. “There are some advantages that Brandon’s had. We’ll have to see how that works out. Competition will decide who starts. There will be plenty of opportunity for Brandon Harris to make his case long before we play the first game. Same thing is true for Anthony.”

With Jennings suspended indefinitely, look for Harris to establish himself as the team’s starter, regardless of Miles’ comments. Last season proved that he is the more talented quarterback, and if reports are true that he has developed a strong understanding of the offense, expect him to thrive in 2015.

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