LSU coaches last week installed a few new plays specifically, potentially, for one individual: Lowell Narcisse, LSU’s dual-threat freshman quarterback from St. James.
This week, he’s running those plays and scoring touchdowns, coach Ed Orgeron said.
“(He) ran a bootleg on the goal line the other day,” the coach said. “Nobody touched him. Can run the ball very well.”
Narcisse is beginning to emerge as a mobile, secondary option at quarterback for the Tigers, with the team’s three-week camp nearly complete. He’s “right there” with freshman Myles Brennan in battling behind presumed starter Danny Etling, Orgeron said Thursday.
Both players are receiving more snaps with the transfer earlier this week of Lindsey Scott, a dual-threat QB from Zachary who signed with East Mississippi Community College. The 6-2, 230-pound Narcisse has been overshadowed during camp by Brennan, the 6-foot-4, highly touted rookie from the Mississippi Coast.
But, hey, Narcisse is in this QB scrum, too.
“He has improved in throwing the football,” Orgeron said. “He’s getting more reps, understanding the offense, being comfortable.”
The biggest adjustment for Narcisse was taking snaps under center, something he rarely if ever did in high school. As a running quarterback in a spread attack, Narcisse ran for more than 2,000 yards his freshman and sophomore years at St. James. Ruptured knee ligaments, one in each knee, affected his play as a junior and senior.
“Lowell never took a snap under center (in high school),” Orgeron said. “That’s a whole different world coming from shotgun all the time and then taking a snap under center. Struggled a little in spring and struggled in camp. Now he’s getting it down.”
What’s this mean in the quarterback pecking order? Orgeron isn’t revealing much, except to say that Narcisse, Brennan and redshirt sophomore Justin McMillan are all lumped together behind Etling in what the coach still describes as an open starting competition.
He plans on evaluating the position after Saturday’s scrimmage, meeting with his coaches and then, if they make a decision, announcing it to the team.
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Walk-on LB gets praise
Jonathan Rucker has served as one of LSU’s most consistent special teams player for the last two seasons.
His role could be growing this year.
Rucker, a Ponchatoula native and walk-on with the program since 2013, could see action at one of the Tigers’ inside linebacker position, Orgeron suggested Thursday.
“A guy that’s really had a solid camp, been a solid player for us all year, and I haven’t talked to him about it, is Jonathan Rucker,” the coach said. “I think Jonathan is going to start on most special teams and can go in there and play for us at linebacker, and we feel very comfortable.”
Rucker received first-string snaps in the spring at inside linebacker because of depth issues. He’s been playing the Rover position, behind starter Devin White, during camp. According to school-released videos, he’s seen mostly second-string reps behind White in what appears to be a rotating role with freshman Patrick Queen.
Queen, Jacob Phillips and Tyler Taylor, all rookies, are all fighting for playing time at inside linebacker, hoping to burst into the rotation.