LAFAYETTE — Former LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings is in the early stages of seeking a transfer to Louisiana-Lafayette, but nothing official is yet in place according to a source familiar with the situation.
The Cajuns are still actively recruiting Jennings, and conversations have taken place regarding Jennings’ potential course work as a graduate student with the Cajuns.
If Jennings does transfer to the Cajuns it would be as a graduate transfer, meaning he’d be eligible to participate immediately. He is set to earn his degree from LSU later this summer, which could be causing a delay in the transfer becoming official.
Jennings did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
Jennings would instantly provide the Cajuns something they currently lack at the quarterback position: experience. Neither Jordan Davis nor Chris Weaver, the two Cajuns quarterbacks who competed for the starting position this spring, have a collegiate start under their belt.
In three seasons at LSU, spanning 15 games and 13 starts, Jennings threw for 1,792 yards with 12 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.
In his first extensive game action, he led a 99-yard game-winning touchdown drive against Arkansas after starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger got hurt. That drive culminated with a 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural with 1:22 to play.
But his play was up and down after that strong first impression.
Jennings led LSU to a bowl win against Iowa in his first career start despite a rocky individual performance, completing just 7-of-19 passes for 82 yards.
He earned a starting job going into his sophomore season, beating out then-freshman Brandon Harris, but he never really found his footing on the field.
Jennings started 12 games in 2014, completing less than 50 percent of his passes and only topping 200 passing yards once, on nine completions in the season opener against Wisconsin. Still, the Tigers went 8-4 in games he started.
He found himself in trouble in June last year, when he and three teammates were arrested and booked on unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.
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Criminal charges were dismissed shortly before LSU’s preseason practice started up, but Jennings lost his starting job to Harris and did not accumulate any statistics last season.
Jennings announced his decision to leave LSU in a March 10 tweet.
Davis is currently the favorite to start at quarterback for the Cajuns this season, though he didn’t have a strong enough spring for Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth to name him the starter after spring drills concluded.
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While Davis has not started a game, he did receive extensive playing time in the final two games of the 2015 season.
Davis led the Cajuns’ lone scoring drive on the road against Appalachian State, completing 7-of-7 passes for 60 yards and adding 21 rushing yards with a touchdown on one fourth quarter drive.
He played almost the entire game in the Cajuns’ season finale against Troy, passing for 207 yards and a touchdown in a 41-17 loss.
Brooks Haack, who started eight games for the Cajuns last season, transferred to Northwestern State after the 2015 season. The only other player on the roster with starting quarterback experience is Jalen Nixon, who is moving to another position this season.