The exodus of reserve quarterbacks this spring at LSU might give running back Terrence Magee and receiver John Diarse a chance to play the position.
Magee and Diarse are possibilities, if needed, at quarterback, coach Les Miles said Tuesday. Both played quarterback in high school.
“We have a number of guys that have played quarterback. Magee and Diarse. We’re looking at those guys,” Miles said during a team outing at All Star Lanes.
After the departure of backups Hayden Rettig and Stephen Rivers, LSU is left with just two scholarship quarterbacks: true freshman Brandon Harris and sophomore Anthony Jennings.
The two are expected to compete for the starting job in fall camp.
For now, LSU’s No. 3 quarterback is redshirt freshman Jake Clise, Miles suggested Tuesday. Clise is a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Maryland who was rated two stars out of high school.
“I think Klise is a very, very fine third if we’ve got to go to him,” Miles said. “I feel like we’re fine (at quarterback). I still think there’s some competition that’ll be served. I like where we’re at there.”
There is competition among a group of walk-ons for the No. 3 spot behind Harris and Jennings. The group includes Clise, junior Brad Kragthorpe and sophomore Brandon Bergeron.
Miles did not elaborate on the possible QB plans for Magee and Diarse.
Magee is LSU’s top returning running back. He ran for 626 yards and eight touchdowns in a No. 2 role to starter Jeremy Hill. Magee threw for 2,634 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior in 2010 at Franklinton High.
Diarse red shirted his freshman year last season because of a nagging ankle injury suffered in August. He’s expected to be in the receiver rotation in 2014.
Diarse threw for 1,685 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior at Neville High in 2012.
Miles’ outside income drops
Miles made $69,582 in outside income in 2013, a drop of nearly $100,000 from what he made in 2012.
That’s according to documents obtained through a public records request. Coaches must complete a form annually detailing their income beyond the university pay.
Miles was paid more than $57,000 for his television appearances with the local restaurant chain Raising Cane’s, the bulk of his outside income for 2013.
In 2012, Miles made $159,363 in outside income. A whopping $62,500 of that was from EA Sports.
Miles makes a salary of $4.3 million. He received a $100,000 bonus last season for leading LSU to a bowl game.
LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri’s outside income for 2013 was not available.