LSU players report for fall camp on Aug. 5 so we’re counting down to that day with a daily blog series on things to watch during camp. Traditionally, the media has been cut off from viewing practices at some point during camp so we might have to be quick with the observations.
No. 1: Starting quarterback competition
Who’s Involved: Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris
The Scoop: We dove pretty deep on the competition between Jennings and Harris in a Sunday story based on comments from players who were on last year’s team.
The consensus: Harris is better than he was a year ago, but this thing’s probably still a toss up right now.
Harris has plenty of advantages, even coach Les Miles mentioned that at SEC media days earlier this summer. Jennings spent six weeks on suspension this summer, all the while Harris worked with players during voluntary 7-on-7 workouts. Harris has a year’s more of experience than last season’s go-around, too, and he’s proven to be the more talented of the two.
Jennings has a year on Harris and 13 collegiate starts to Harris’ 1. That’s a substantial difference. Jennings, though, struggled with accuracy and pocket presence last season. Media and fans was Harris, for a second straight year, out-play his veteran counterpart in the spring game.
What Will We Watch Happen: All signs point to Harris having, at least, a better chance this season to win the starting job than he did as a true freshman last year. That’s not to say that Jennings won’t start Game 1 against McNeese State.
A similar scenario to last season could play out this year. In one sentence, this quarterback competition might not be solved until mid-season.
No. 9: Fournette returning kicks
No. 8: OL Maea Teuhema and Toby Weathersby
No. 7: Malachi Dupre’s emergence
No. 6: Interior O-line battle
No. 5: Kendell Beckwith and Jamal Adams
No. 4: Battle at CB
No. 3: Freshmen RBs Nick Brossette and Derrius Guice
No. 2: Battle at both DE spots
No. 1: Starting QB competition