Miles names ex-Parkway star Harris starter for Auburn game

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Former Parkway star Brandon Harris will start at quarterback for LSU when the Tigers take on defending SEC champion and No. 5 ranked Auburn (4-0) Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium, LSU coach Les Miles said at his Monday press conference.

Harris, a true freshman, led the Tigers (3-1. 0-1 SEC) to seven touchdowns on seven possessions in a 63-7 victory over New Mexico State last Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

“Brandon Harris came in and gave us a spark and the team played well around him,” Miles said. “A very nice job, threw the ball well, made good decisions. It stands to reason he would get first snaps in the next game.

“But we’re going to need both quarterbacks. Anthony Jennings is a fine young man and busting his behind to prove himself and certainly is going to continue to complete.”

Harris completed 11 of 14 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions after coming off the bench in the second quarter. He also rushed for 36 yards on five carries and scored two touchdowns.

Jennings threw two interceptions and lost a fumble during his short stint against New Mexico State. He led the Tigers to one TD.

Jennings drew some boos from LSU fans Saturday night. The fans also chanted for Miles to put Harris in the game.

“I think what has to happen, too, is you have to realize that these are young guys and they’re not perfect and there is an opportunity for him to improve, and I would say to those guys in Tiger Stadium, to express displeasure, hopefully it would be with the coach, not necessarily with the player.”

Miles said Harris did the things that he and the offensive coaches asked him to do against New Mexico State.

“That’s, honestly, all he needs to do, make quality decisions with the ball, function the offense,” Miles said. “He took a bad snap and scored. There is some ad-lib to his game that’s very positive, and he’s a guy that is really fast and a guy that can really throw the ball. You put him in a quality position to extend a play, some good things can happen.”

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com