The LSU Tigers enter the 2014 season with one glaring difference; quarterback Zach Mettenberger will no longer be the signal caller for the Tigers’ offense. Mettenberger will likely be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft, leaving an opportunity for sophomore Anthony Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris to take over the starting role. Jennings likely has the best shot at becoming the starter because of his experience, but he still has a lot to prove before offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will name him starter.
Jennings saw action last season after Mettenberger went down with a torn ACL. He had one start and several appearances in backup duty. The young quarterback showed a glimpse of his abilities when he led the Tigers to a come-from-behind victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Jennings finished his freshman season 13-of-29 passing for 181 yards and one touchdown. He also added 18 yards on the ground for a pair of touchdowns.
Although Jennings had a good showing against Arkansas, the quarterback left a lot to be desired. The biggest concern OC Cameron has when it comes to Jennings is the fact that he holds the ball too long in the pocket. He has the ability to escape the pocket with his legs, but for some reason he is hesitant to tuck the ball and run. If Jennings expects to win the job, he must learn how to make all the throws and use his legs when the pocket breaks down.
The battle for the starting quarterback position will likely go down to the wire. Jennings will be given plenty of opportunities during fall practice to prove he has what it takes to lead the Tigers’ offense. He better watch out for Harris because the true freshman will be hungry to prove his worth.