LSU coach Les Miles said former Parkway star Brandon Harris “has the lead” in the battle for the Tigers starting quarterback position following a scrimmage Tuesday night at Tiger Stadium.
Harris, a sophomore, and junior Anthony Jennings, who started all but one game last season, have been in a battle for the starting job.
Miles’ comments were his first this preseason giving any indication which player would start in the Sept. 5 opener against McNeese State. Harris has generally been considered to be the front-runner by media covering the Tigers.
“He’s put himself in that position based on a summer’s body of work and he’s continued that path,” Miles said of Harris, who led Parkway to the 2013 Class 5A state championship game.
Miles said he believes both players continue to compete and know the “quarterback position lifts the team.”
“I think they realize they’re facilitating and doing the things that make team best,” he said. “If they continue to do that they’ll get better and we’ll all be happy.”
Miles said Harris passed for 66 yards and three touchdowns in the scrimmage and Jennings passed for 80 yards and one TD. He said LSU worked some against the formations of opponents in first team vs. second- -and scout-team situations.
Miles said “a lot” of the scrimmage included work in the red zone, which cut down on the passing yardage. But he also said the Tigers “busted a couple big runs” and totalled 337 yards on the ground.
“We probably had 80 to 110 plays,” he said. “It was a very productive scrimmage. I thought we threw and caught the ball well.”
Miles also talked about the potential of running back Derrius Guice, a freshman from Baton Rouge.
“He has a skill set that’s a little different from some of our guys,” he said. “He’s elusive and he’s physical and he’s a very hard runner. I think he’s going to continue to develop extremely well.”
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com