Les Miles thinks LSU’s quarterback problems are over, and he said the Tigers are “unlikely” to bring in a quarterback transfer during the offseason but didn’t rule it out.
“We would think that we’re through the quarterback misery … development, if you will,” he said earlier this week.
LSU had one of the nation’s worst passing offenses this season, and its quarterback play ranked toward the bottom of the country. Miles, though, has faith that his current QBs — Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings — and LSU’s passing game will “improve tremendously.”
He did not completely shoot down the possibility of LSU landing a transfer quarterback, like Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, but said “at some point in time, it’s unlikely.”
Miles later said, “it’s unlikely.”
The coach lauded the talents of Harris, the highly rated dual-threat quarterback from Bossier City who played little after a struggling start at Auburn.
“I think that Brandon Harris will absolutely compete for the job, and I’m not discounting Anthony Jennings, just not going to do it,” Miles said, “but Brandon Harris is faster, throws the ball harder and really runs hard. Some fundamental things that he will improve on, and he’s ready to do so.”
LSU plans to throw the ball “a ton” in the spring, and Miles insisted that the staff wants to pass more. He suggested that Jennings’ low completion percentage (48 percent) was a reason behind all of the running.
The Tigers finished the season running the ball 69 percent of the time, the highest percentage in Miles’ 10 season at LSU.
“We were 48 percent passing,” he said. “That’s not good enough. Basically, when you’re not good enough throwing it for whatever the reason it and you’re ripping off runs going up and down the field, you tell me what you think I ought to do now?”
It took just a few hours for LSU’s new coaches to make an impact on the recruiting trail.
Four-star defensive end Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. has decided to visit LSU this weekend following a visit from Ed Orgeron and Kevin Steele, according to 247Sports.
Steele and Orgeron, introduced as LSU’s new coaches Wednesday, made their debut together visiting Wanogho, a 6-foot-8, 250-pounder and the 10th-best strong-side defensive end in the country.
Wanogho attends Edgewood Academy near Montgomery, Alabama, about 100 miles from Alabama’s campus. Steele spent the last two years as Alabama’s linebackers coach.
Steele and Orgeron joined LSU’s staff with a reputation of being aggressive and successful recruiters. They spotlighted one of the nation’s newest hot names. Wanogho moved from Nigeria in August and was reclassified from a junior to a high school senior this week.
He’s got offers from all of the major programs, including LSU, Auburn, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Georgia and Ohio State. LSU will be his first-ever official visit.
LSU offensive linemen Vadal Alexander and Jerald Hawkins and cornerback Jalen Mills are expected to return to school next year, Miles said Wednesday.
Nothing happened Thursday to change that. The deadline for players to enter the draft was midnight. LSU is expected to hold a news conference with Alexander, Hawkins, Mills and a host of other juniors who plan to remain in school.
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