Brandon Harris, Anthony Jennings in heated battle for LSU's starting QB spot
LSU has an intriguing quarterback battle on its hands.
The good news for offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is that he feels comfortable plugging in either candidate, sophomore Anthony Jennings or freshman Brandon Harris, if the season started this week.
“I would say this confidently,” Cameron said at Tigers Media Day on Sunday, “We’re going to have more than one quality starter at LSU.”
Les Miles will have the ultimate say in who wins the competition, but Jennings, who started the Tigers’ bowl win last season and led a game-winning drive against Arkansas, and Harris, a five-star dual threat, each possess a commendable work ethic and have performed well in practice.
“My job is to make this decision as tough on Les as possible,” Cameron said. “What do you mean by that? Well, we’ve got two guys that we feel confident we can win with — if not three, if not four. We’re not coaching one guy more than the other hoping he’s the guy.”
Thought to be the leader to replace Zach Mettenberger in Cameron’s attack, Jennings took a back seat to Harris in the spring game after the rookie launched a couple bombs with three touchdown passes and had 77 yards rushing after escaping pressure outside the pocket.
Jennings threw for 157 yards and a score, but had two interceptions returned for touchdowns.
“Both guys are pretty good,” Miles said Sunday. “We’d like to think they’d continue to improve and be well beyond where they are today. Both guys are talented enough to be our quarterback.”
Harris spoke for the first time with reporters at LSU’s Media Day and couldn’t pinpoint who he believes has out-performed the other at the position.
“Honestly, I couldn’t tell you. He’s a guy who can run just like I can run. He’s a guy who can throw just like I can throw,” Harris said. “I don’t know anything that may separate us from each other. I’m taller, he’s shorter. I don’t know. I couldn’t give you a reason.”