LSU Football QB Anthony Jennings Was Effective Enough -- For Now

By Steve Ungrey
Anthony Jennings LSU
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The record will show LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings threw more incomplete passes Saturday night than completions to his receivers. What is more important to LSU football fans everywhere, however, are the two touchdowns Jennings threw, including one in the fourth quarter that helped guide a comeback against Wisconsin.

Jennings was used mostly in mop-up duty during the 2013 season, and he only completed 13-of-29 passes during the year. He has a history of less than effective performances, but Saturday, Jennings was effective enough.

That will be enough for Tiger fans everywhere to put away the barbecue, alligator meat or whatever treat they put away at the end of the day. LSU picked up a win and that’s all that matters.

Or is it?

To be fair, LSU was not the only SEC team that struggled on Saturday. Alabama, who was supposed to be the No. 2 team in the nation entering the season, struggled against West Virginia, but pulled out a win. Missouri allowed 18 points to South Dakota State.

The Tigers still got the win like most of the SEC did on Saturday. But will it be enough to keep the critics at bay?

Jennings is only a sophomore, and the argument is he didn’t get enough reps a year ago to have a clear shot at the job. LSU coach Les Miles almost pulled the trigger on switching quarterbacks in the second quarter, but Brandon Harris didn’t fare much better.

Which begs the question: who gets the ball next week?

In all likelihood, it will be Jennings. The Tigers have two easier opponents on the schedule in Sam Houston State and Louisiana-Monroe, and no really major test until Oct. 4, when they take on Auburn.

If Jennings struggles again next week, then Miles may be forced to do a little soul-searching. No one expects LSU to win the national championship, but after all the success in Baton Rouge, the fans will not accept anything less than perfection.

The message boards may be quieting down for now, but the talk is sure to continue into next week.

Is Jennings the answer?

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