The duel was set: Brandon Harris vs. Dameyune Craig.
Current LSU starting quarterback vs. former Auburn starting quarterback.
Player vs. coach.
Pupil vs. mentor.
“He thinks he can still throw better than me,” said Harris, the Tigers’ rising junior, about LSU’s new receivers coach. “He thinks he can get me on distance and all of this stuff.”
The two were set for a throwing competition at the program’s first satellite camp in Bossier City earlier this month.
“The ball was apparently too wet,” Harris said with a noticeable eye roll.
Harris and Craig have bonded over the last four months. The ex-Auburn and Florida State assistant implemented a handful of new passing drills into Harris’ repertoire, specifically helping the quarterback’s touch – an issue Harris acknowledges.
But this relationship goes beyond that. Harris compares himself today to the dual-threat Craig who set records at Auburn 20 years ago.
“The man can spin it, I can tell you that much,” Harris said. “I don’t think he thinks he can throw it better than me. I think he thinks he’s still got it. I tell him every day, ‘Whenever you want to go out there and test me, I’m open for it.’”
Harris even claims to be, at least partially, behind Craig’s departure in February from Auburn to LSU.
“He said … one of the reasons he came to LSU – it was a good reason – because of me,” the quarterback said. “He knew the talent I had. I’m honored for him to be on our side. He’s a dude that can still play.”
Craig sounds like one of the guys, and he treats Harris as such on the field.
“He knows what it’s like,” Harris said. “When he feels like I’m not doing something right, he calls me out on it. He calls me out on it in front of anybody. He doesn’t sugar coat anything – he calls you out.”
‘6-4 and runs a 4.3’
Lester Earl’s son is standing out more than any other newly enrolled freshman. That’s at least according to Harris.
Receiver Drake Davis, a highly touted former Dunham product who signed with LSU out of IMG Academy, has caught the quarterback’s eye during summer workouts and 7-on-7 games.
“Drake Davis is a freak,” Harris said. “He’s 6-4 and runs a 4.3 (40-yard dash), a guy who I think is going to help us a lot this year in different roles – special teams, wide receiver, anything.”
Davis is the son of Earl, a former LSU basketball signee whose testimony to the NCAA in 1998 helped land the program on probation. Davis was one of 17 freshmen to enroll this summer, joining five others who enrolled in January. The Tigers are still waiting for defensive linemen Edwin Alexander and Andre Anthony to make it to campus.
Davis isn’t the only one shining, Harris said.
“Our defensive tackle from Neville, I’m very impressed with him as a leader. Great guy,” he said of Rashard Lawrence, a five star from Monroe. “He’s really smart. He’s more (of a) business-mind. He understands what he has to get done. He’s very mature for his age.”
Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau?
Harris calls playing LSU’s season opener at Lambeau Field “exciting,” but it could get better.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be there, too.
“I would freak out even more if Aaron Rodgers (is there),” he said. “If Aaron Rodgers gets to come to the field, it’s even more exciting. I’m just excited to play at that field. It’s one of the best venues in all of sports. You know the history of that team and what Lambeau Field means to the NFL.”
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