LSU Tigers: New Quarterback Will Open Offensive Options

By Tim Letcher
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The LSU Tigers figure to have a new look on offense for the 2014 season. While offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is still calling the plays, there will be one major difference between last season and this season.

That difference will come at the quarterback spot. In 2013, Zach Mettenberger was the Tigers’ signal caller. Mettenberger was the classic pocket passer, and he had limited mobility. That gave LSU more of a pro-style look, especially with the running game that Cameron employed.

But Mettenberger is now gone, and the quarterback duties will be awarded to either Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris. No matter which player ultimately earns the start, there will be an added element to the LSU attack in 2014.

That’s because both Jennings and Harris have shown the ability to make plays with their legs if the called play breaks down. A prime example came in the LSU spring game, when Harris took advantage of a linebacker’s mistake and turned it into a 41-yard scamper. Harris finished the game with 76 yards on the ground, as well as a rushing touchdown.

Jennings played for LSU in last season’s Outback Bowl. And while he will be given a pass for his spotty play in that game, there is still concern in the LSU camp that Jennings holds the ball too long in the pocket. Cameron and head coach Les Miles have encouraged Jennings to use his gifts and to tuck the ball and run if a receiver is not open.

This new wrinkle in the offense will make LSU more effective, and will give opposing defenses something else to fear. And that can only be good news for the Tigers.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for 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.


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