LSU coach Les Miles is letting the nation know that the Tigers quarterback battle will restart soon — and that it could have included a third quarterback.
Suspended quarterback Anthony Jennings will have a “positive” end to his arrest and is set to rejoin the LSU football team soon, Miles said Monday on national television. The coach also said the Tigers were interested, at one time, in Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, who eventually decided to remain at OSU.
In an appearance on ESPN’s “College Football Live,” Miles, for the second time in a week, suggested that Jennings’ arrest for unauthorized entry will soon be resolved and that the sophomore will return to the team and compete with sophomore Brandon Harris in a hot battle for the No. 1 job.
“We anticipate there will be a very positive outcome there with Anthony Jennings, and we expect there to be competition,” Miles said.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said Monday that charges against Jennings and three other LSU players have not been dropped and that authorities are reviewing the case. Moore said he’s “not sure” when a resolution will come.
Jennings’ lawyer, Brent Stockstill, has been in communication with Moore, and the two have “exchanged evidence back and forth,” Stockstill said Monday.
“We haven’t reached any resolution,” Stockstill said. “I’m positive about the outcome. Nothing has happened yet.”
Miles made similar comments as Monday’s last week at Southeastern Conference Media Days, saying he’s “confident” that Jennings and three other arrested football players will have their cases resolved soon, allowing them to return to the team.
Jennings, defensive back Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maquedius Bain were arrested June 18 for unauthorized entry into a dwelling. The players allegedly walked into a fellow student’s apartment to retrieve items they claim were stolen from Jennings several days before. Jennings filed a police report for the items a week before the incident.
Thomas was also arrested for simple burglary, as he was spotted by an eye witness removing the alleged stolen items from his roommate’s room. A fourth player, reserve offensive lineman Jevonte Domond, was arrested in May in an unrelated incident. He was booked on felony domestic abuse battery with strangulation for an event involving his fiancée.
Miles said at media days that Domond and his fiancée are “still very much together” and that Domond is “doing well.”
Jennings’ case and LSU’s quarterback woes grabbed the spotlight Monday during Miles’ parade around ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut — a yearly event in which coaches hop from one ESPN set to another, sometime being put on live television.
Miles said Monday that his starting quarterback will be one of two guys: Harris or Jennings. Jennings has not practiced with LSU players during voluntary workouts and 7-on-7 games since being suspended more than a month ago. Harris has taken the lead on drills.
“We have confidence in both,” Miles said.
Miles met with ESPN.com reporters and said the team wanted Miller, Ohio State’s former Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2011, who missed last season with a shoulder injury.
“I would have loved to been in running for the Ohio State QB if he came out,” Miles said, according to several ESPN.com reporters who posted the quote on social media.
The coach said he did not speak with Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson during the offseason. Golson transferred to Florida State this summer.
The Tigers could have used him.
LSU ranked as one of the worst passing teams in the nation last year with, for much of the time, Jennings running the offense. Harris struggled, as well, in his one start in 2014 as the Tigers finished 8-5.
Miles didn’t argue with ESPN TV personality Stephen A. Smith when Smith asked if he was wrong to say that LSU’s quarterback spot was “relatively problematic.”
Miles said: “No, not at all.”
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