Brandon Harris talks to the enemy.
Well, anything that helps.
Harris has received advice from college quarterbacks from around the nation in the past few weeks, he said. One in particular: Dak Prescott, the Mississippi State quarterback who grew up just a few minutes from Harris in Haughton and the same guy who combined for more than 370 yards and three scores in a win over LSU on Sept. 20.
“He’s been a longtime mentor to me,” Harris said.
Harris spoke to reporters for the first time this season following LSU’s 63-7 win over New Mexico State on Saturday in Tiger Stadium. Harris led the Tigers (4-1, 0-1 Southeastern) to touchdowns on his seven drives against the Aggies after replacing a struggling Anthony Jennings in the second quarter.
Harris said quarterbacks from around the nation, including Notre Dame’s Everett Golson and Michigan State’s Connor Cook, have helped him as an 18-year-old receiving substantial time at quarterback for a major college program.
They’re “guys who can give me any type of feedback on how to play under pressure as a young guy,” Harris said.
He’ll need it at No. 5 Auburn (4-0, 1-0) on Saturday. Harris rated his performance against New Mexico State as a “B-minus.”
“I had some checks that I should have got right,” he said. “I had a pass that I threw wasn’t nowhere near Trey (Quinn). I just have some things I need to improve.”
Receiver Malachi Dupre called Saturday “Brandon’s night.”
“Brandon came out and showed his ability tonight,” Dupre said. “He made the best opportunity of what he was given. That was his capability, and he showed everybody what he could do.”
Defense fueled by the crowd
Jennings wasn’t the only player hearing the “We want Harris!” chants streaming from the LSU student section. The defense also took note of the crowd’s reaction to the offense’s early struggles.
Instead of letting it lower the group’s morale, sophomore cornerback Tre’Davious White said LSU’s defenders immediately looked to silence the noise.
“As a team, you have to stick together through those things, because no one is perfect,” he said. “Anything can happen throughout the game. When adversity rises, you have to rise above it.”
Rise and shine
Dupre’s role in the offense clearly has increased in the past few weeks.
Sophomore receiver Travin Dural has noticed that translate to a boost in the freshman’s confidence. Dural and Dupre are roommates, and Dural had only one question for the freshman when they first saw each other Saturday morning.
“I woke up this morning and said, ‘You ready for the game, right?’ ” Dural said. “He looked at me with a big smile and nodded his head. I can tell (Dupre’s) confidence is growing every day.”
LSU moved up three spots in the coaches poll to No. 15 and two spots in The Associated Press Top 25 to No. 15. … Junior-college offensive line transfer Jevonte Domond and receiver Avery Peterson saw their first action of the season Saturday. Domond was the 19th player in LSU’s No. 2-ranked signing class to see the field this season. Several other reserves saw playing time, including quarterback Brad Kragthorpe, safeties Austin Suits and Tommy LeBeau, receivers Miquel James and Chris LaBorde, lineman Cody Townsend and running back Reshaud Henry. … Freshman defensive back Russell Gage, the former Redemptorist standout, also played Saturday. LSU has played 17 true freshmen who were part of their signing class. … Backup defensive end Tashawn Bower had a career-high five tackles Saturday.