Former Parkway star Brandon Harris made a strong case to be LSU’s starting quarterback with his performance against New Mexico State Saturday night.
Harris entered the game in the second quarter with LSU leading 14-0. Starter Anthony Jennings had thrown two interceptions, lost one fumble and led the Tigers to one touchdown. The other TD came courtesy of the LSU defense on Kendall Beckwith’s interception return.
With plenty of help from fellow true freshmen Leonard Fournette, Trey Quinn and Malichi Dupre and the LSU defense, Harris led the Tigers to seven touchdowns on seven possessions in the 63-7 rout.
Harris completed 11 of 14 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 36 yards on five carries and scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards.
Harris’ TD passes went to Dupre (27 yards), fullback Melvin Jones (3 yards) and Travin Dural (10 yards).
Fournette rushed for 122 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns. LSU rolled up 363 yards rushing. Dupre caught three passes for 54 yards and Quinn caught three for 46.
LSU (3-1) visits defending SEC champion Auburn next Saturday. Auburn improved to 4-0 with a 45-17 victory over Louisiana Tech Saturday.
LSU coach Les Miles told reporters after the game that he wasn’t ready to name Harris the starter. He also said Jennings “will have to get better.”
“We’re going to need both quarterbacks this season,” Miles said. “It’s a long year. … Brandon Harris did exactly what we needed him to do.”
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com