Les Miles admitted what’s been obvious for days now: Sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris has the lead in LSU’s quarterback competition with junior Anthony Jennings.
“Right now, Brandon Harris certainly has the lead,” Miles said Tuesday speaking to reporters following the final scrimmage of preseason practice. “We like both of our guys. Brandon Harris is certainly the leader at this point.”
Harris, a highly touted Bossier City native who struggled in his one start as a true freshman in 2014, has been receiving the majority of first-string snaps since preseason practice began on Aug. 6. Players and coaches have raved about Harris’ progression through the summer and during camp.
There have been other obvious signs that Harris in the lead. Miles refused to name a leader until Tuesday, though.
“He’s put himself in position based on a summer’s body of work,” Miles said. “He’s continued that path.”
LSU opens the season on Sept. 5 against McNeese State. The coach has declined to name a starter for that game and suggested a week ago that he may wait until game week to make that announcement.
Harris seems to have achieved the edge during summer workouts. Jennings, who started 12 of 13 games last season and completed just 48.9 percent of his passes, was suspended for six weeks of summer for a June arrest. It left him unable to participate in voluntary, player-run 7-on-7 drills. Harris spent that time meshing with receivers and building chemistry with the group.
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