Les Miles has remained mum nearly all spring about the battle between the heir apparent Anthony Jennings and electric early enrollee Brandon Harris. Miles has maintained it’s a fluid battle, and now we know why.
Brandon Harris stole the show Saturday in LSU’s spring game. Harris and Jennings both took snaps from the first- and second-team offense. Harris finished 11 of 28 for 195 yards and four total touchdowns, and he also had a game-high 75 rushing yards on six carries, including one touchdown.
Jennings finished nine of 17 for 157 yards with one touchdown, including two pick-six interceptions, and although he didn’t have his best spring practice, Les Miles made it clear that Jennings could still be his starter.
“We think that both guys are pretty good, and we would like to think that they would continue to improve and be well beyond where they are today,” Miles said during the post-game. “I think both guys are good enough to be our quarterback.”
But the day belonged to the dual-threat Harris, who slashed and gashed LSU’s defense throughout the day. He completed less than 50 percent of his passes (11 of 28), but he showed why coaches were foaming at the mouth to get his signature. He threw touchdowns to Connor Neighbors (9 yards), DeSean Smith (19 yards) and the best of the three to Travin Dural for a 21-yard touchdown on a beautiful pass.
Although Harris shined on the biggest spring stage, the battle is far from over. Jennings has all summer and fall camp to make up ground, but one thing is clear: he’s trailing the playmaker Harris. I still feel both players will be used during the season regardless of who ends up being named the starter in August.
- DE Danielle Hunter was very disruptive. Les Miles has been raving about Hunter all spring, and he warranted the praise.
- Kenny Hilliard looked good, rushing for 59 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.
- Receiver Travin Dural had a terrific day, catching five passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Like Hunter, Dural has been garnering praise, and it looks like he’ll be valuable this fall.
- Linebacker Kwon Alexander looked great, and he should blow into a big-time player this year. He scored one of the pick-sixes given up by Jennings.
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