Analysis of LSU’s quarterback situation

LSU coach Les Miles. (AP)

LSU coach Les Miles. (AP)

Zach Mettenberger isn’t walking back into the LSU practice facilities from the NFL anytime soon, nor to lead the Tigers under center at quarterback

LSU has a plethora of weapons on offense, a stout, but somewhat inexperienced offensive line and an all-world running back in Leonard Fournette — and might now have a quarterback in Brandon Harris.

Les Miles met with reporters after the Tigers’ final scrimmage of the pre-season and told them that Harris is the leader in the quarterback battle. But has not won the job quite yet.

Ross Dellenger of the Advocate posed a great question to the Tiger faithful in his “Over Under” series, “What’s the over under on LSU’s QB completion percentage?”

Take your time, its a tough one for sure. It opens up another question; can the LSU QB (whoever it is) get it done?

Junior, Anthony Jennings and Harris, a sophomore had a few up moments for the Tigers last season but plenty of down moments as well. Both are vying for the starting job in 2015 but the race is far from, over at this point.

According to Dellenger, “Harris has matured mentally and is on pace to win the starting job.” Harris completed 55 percent of his passes in 2014 — nothing too spectacular.

His top competition, Jennings, “has another year in the program and says he’s improved his feetwork,” Dellenger said. Jennings needed this offseason to improve after completing 48.9 percent of his passes, which is the lowest for an LSU QB since 2002.

Whoever wins the job, needs to keep it. The Tigers need consistency at quarterback to be relevant in the SEC West. Leonard Fournette is good, but probably not good enough to carry the Tigers all the way.

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