2014 was the year of the struggling quarterback for LSU. Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings both had to share duties while trying to replace the departed Zach Mettenberger, which was a huge hole to fill. It may have took another season to do so, but an improved Harris came out of Fall camp assuring that the role was officially filled despite the late meltdown. That meant no playing time at all for Jennings, leaving him no other option but to transfer.
After Mettenberger left for the NFL, the job originally belonged to Jennings when he filled in for Mettenberger while he was injured. 2014 was more of a Jekyll and Hyde year for both quarterbacks, even though Jennings threw for more yards. The only thing that gave them hope was a rising star in Leonard Fournette, who led in rushing in 2014 and 2015. Fans might have expected another split in the quarterback position, but Harris played every snap last season throwing for 2,165 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Most likely to avoid sitting out another year, Jennings will graduate in the summer which will make him eligible immediately. So far there is no indication on where he may go, but he appears to be free on which school he chooses. Although it doesn’t appear they will be hurting in depth since LSU has close to 10 quarterbacks on the Spring roster, the lack of backup experience could prove to be a thorn in their side moving forward.
We can only wait until Spring to see who will be the number two guy behind Harris. The first week of Spring practice has already begun, and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron could have his hands full to see who will fill the quarterback depth chart. Harris and Fournette have a lot to prove and there’s no room for error with what has went on the last two seasons.
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