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Against an opponent like McNeese State, I’d be surprised to see Miles have a quick hook with Harris. Remember New Mexico State last season? Jennings made a host of mistakes over the first quarter and a half before Miles inserted Harris on LSU’s eighth series of the game.
Harris would have to make several blunders to get yanked while the game is still competitive. The sophomore has pretty clearly separated himself from Jennings, a junior.
We asked Miles earlier this week if both quarterbacks would play in the opener. The coach declined to reveal the staff’s plan. If he planned to play both, he probably would have said that both would play, right? Harris appears to be the guy, and LSU wants him to play most, if not all, of the game in preparation for two critical SEC clashes against Mississippi State and Auburn.
Either way, how Harris and Jennings are used should tell us the gap between the two heading to Starkville the next week.
It doesn’t appear to be a long-term deal, but who really knows? Miles wouldn’t even divulge to reporters if he drove himself to the hospital, purposely being coy with the media.
Miles blamed his illness – whatever it was – on drinking too much coffee. The coach said he had stopped drinking coffee for several months and then began drinking it again. Is that the truth? Again, who the heck knows.
Neither. I’m not sure how this will affect the team this season. Players and coaches are very much used to the predictions and prognostications each season.
Here’s something Herbstriet’s pick does do: It thrusts the Tigers into the national spotlight. Herbstriet is a respected TV personality and former football player. LSU finished 8-5 last season, so him picking the Tigers to finish runner-up nationally is a bold prediction and a head-turner.
Harris has all of the tools around him to have a great season this year. He’s got three returning starters on an offensive line that’s expected to be one of the team’s strength. He’s got a Heisman Trophy contender at running back and a slew of receivers with experience and loads of talent.
Defensively, LSU is talented and pretty veteran. Those are all of the reasons I think Harris will throw for ………. 2,700 yards this season. That’s 1,000 more than Jennings threw for last season and 300 less than Zach Mettenberger tossed in 2013. That’s an average of about 210 yards per game in a 13-game season. After all, LSU will likely run the ball more than 65 percent of the time, and Jennings could get a lot of garbage time since the Tigers’ four non-conference games are not of high-caliber.