LSU Tigers Facing Key Quarterback Decision

By Tim Letcher

The LSU Tigers have a big decision to make, and it could impact the type of season that the team has in 2014.

Head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron must decide on a starting quarterback. Zach Mettenberger, who started the last two seasons, is now gone, and it’s up to Miles and Cameron to find the proper replacement.

Through spring practice, no starter had been named. However, as fall practice gets going, sophomore Anthony Jennings is the man on the top of the depth chart. Jennings replaced Mettenberger at the end of last season, and played the entire Outback Bowl behind center for the Tigers.

Jennings struggled in that game, a 21-14 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes. He was just seven-of-19 through the air for 82 yards, and he was sacked four times. Jennings did run for a two-yard touchdown in the game, but LSU won the game largely on the huge performance of Jeremy Hill, who rushed for 216 yards.

While the LSU faithful will remember Jennings’ bowl performance, they hope that it was just first-time starter’s nerves, and that the experience could be beneficial to Jennings this season.

If it turns out that Jennings is not the man behind center, it will be true freshman Brandon Harris behind center when the Tigers open against the Wisconsin Badgers on August 30.

Harris comes to Baton Rouge as the nation’s third-ranked dual threat quarterback prospect. And, Harris graduated from high school early so he could participate in spring drills with the Tigers. Harris has all the tools, and is likely the quarterback of the future for LSU. Miles and Cameron must decide if he’s also the quarterback of the present.

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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