Published April 4, 2011 - 4:26pm
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Apparently, the arrivals of Steve Kragthorpe and Zach Mettenberger have had an immediate impact on the beleaguered LSU quarterbacks. Both Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee have been impressive in practices thus far. They have demonstrated a mastery of the offense, have been connecting with receivers all over the field and it is always a bonus for Tiger fans when Miles says that Jefferson is able to explain what he is seeing on the field. Whether this has been the tutelage of Kragthorpe or competition from Mett (probably both), the quarterbacks have really been turning heads this spring.
After two scrimmages, according to coaches and players alike, Jordan has emerged as a real leader with a real understanding of the position. Jefferson is throwing touchdowns and is proving himself against arguably the top defense in the SEC for 2011. When listening to coaches, it seems the only real position battle in the Tiger passing game is for the third wide-out position.
Although the praise is gushing for all three Tiger quarterbacks, that could all change on a dime. Last Spring, similar, glowing reports were being issued about Jordan. In the spring game, the Tiger passing attack tanked in a “live” situation and mirrored to a “T” what fans were to witness during the 2010 season.
Will there be a repeat performance in 2011? Not likely. Les Miles has a genuine QB coach in Kragthorpe who is already developing his wards into legitimate SEC gun slingers. Also, it has been a few years since the LSU roster was blessed with an underclassmen who could legitimately take over the position in a heartbeat. This has created the stability LSU so desperately needed at its weakest position. Not to mention, making the Tigers that much more likely to be hunting championships this December.
NEWS and NOTES:
On the heels of another pay-to-play scandal, Both Patrick Peterson and his father have immediately and vehemently denied that they had any connection to Willie Lyles and his recruiting service. This is in stark contrast to the “no comments” issued by the Newton family last November.
Tight end John Thomas of Airline High in Bossier City became LSU’s sixth football commitment for the 2012 class.
Drake Nevis and Daniel Graff have been invited to work out for the New Orleans Saints prior to the NFL draft.