As the LSU Tigers prepare for spring practice, there is not a clear starter at quarterback. Last season, Zach Mettenberger held the job for nearly the entire season, before being injured late and missing the Outback Bowl game against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Mettenberger’s replacement in that game, Anthony Jennings, would seem to be the favorite heading into the spring. Last season, Jennings played in nine games. He completed just 44 percent of his passes for 181 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. In the bowl game, Jennings struggled, completing just seven-of-19 passes for 82 yards, with a pick.
If Jennings is not the man to run the offense for Cam Cameron, it might be Brandon Harris, who enrolled early and will be able to participate in spring drills. Harris was one of the most talented quarterbacks in the class of 2014, and he could have the skills to run Cameron’s offense better than Jennings. Harris has a strong arm, which could help him in Cameron’s NFL-style system. Harris can also make plays running the ball, which makes him an effective dual threat, something Cameron could also use to LSU’s advantage.
Hayden Rettig could also find himself in the mix at quarterback for Les Miles and the Tigers. Rettig passed for more than 3,000 yards as a high school senior, to go with 40 touchdowns. Rettig is more like Mettenberger, a pocket passer with good arm strength, but less mobility than Jennings or Harris. Rettig has also enrolled early, and will participate in spring practice.
The decision that Miles and Cameron make will have a huge impact on LSU’s 2014 season. Expect them to take their time, perhaps into the fall, before naming a starter.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.