LSU coach Les Miles, on Wednesdays during game weeks, speaks publicly three different times. Follow his comments here throughout the day. [Note: on this Wednesday before the first game week, Miles only spoke once – during his radio show]

LSU coach Les Miles, for a second straight day, indicated that Brandon Harris will start in LSU’s season opener against McNeese State.

Brandon Harris. (AP)

During his weekly radio show, Miles said he “won’t be surprised” if Harris takes the first snap of the season against the Cowboys next Saturday, but the coach will withhold judgement on what quarterback – Harris or Anthony Jennings – will finish the year as the Tigers’ starting QB.

The coach suggested that he could play both quarterbacks early in the season to distinguish a starter for later in the year.

“Going to be interesting to see if one guy separates himself so significantly that there’s no question he’s the guy,” Miles said.

On Tuesday night, Miles said that Harris has “the lead” in the battle with Jennings – something that’s been obvious for the first three weeks of preseason practice.

In speaking about the quarterbacks, Miles suggested that Harris is still learning the offense, and that Jennings is ahead of him in that area. Harris’ arm, though, is better than that of Jennings, the coach said.

“Brandon Harris has had a very nice summer,” Miles said. “He’s still accomplishing the overview at QB. Still a guy who throws the ball well as anybody we’ve seen. … (Jennings) is a little bit farther ahead there (with the offense) and maybe not as natural a throw.”

Other nuggets from Miles

  • Miles continues to make it clear that freshman speedster Donte Jackson will be involved in LSU’s game plan – even on offense. “He’s become more aggressive and more physical and he’s a guy we put on the field right away.” He mentioned WR Tyron Johnson and then said that about Jackson when asked about freshmen. It’s clear both players could see early playing time.