Sticking With the Starter

LSU head coach Les Miles led off his Monday press conference with support for starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson.

Jordan Jefferson didn’t gain any votes of confidence with his 8-of-20 passing performance on Saturday, throwing for less than 100 yards (96), no touchdowns and one interception.

At his weekly press luncheon on Monday, head coach Les Miles led off with what quickly became the hot topic from the team’s 27-3 win.

“Our quarterback play has to get better,” he said. “Everyone knows that.”

Will it take a change before improvement is seen?

Miles doesn’t think so.

Jefferson – now in his third season with the program – will be back under center when LSU welcomes Mississippi State on Saturday at 6 p.m. When asked if Lee would share snaps, the headman showered his backup with praise.

“Lee has earned the right to play,” Miles said. “I have no problem putting him in the game, and look forward to those opportunities.”

Then Miles closed with a more sound explanation of how things would shake out, and the plan doesn’t include Lee in the lineup this weekend.

“It's a game feel and not something we are envisioning at this point,” Miles said.

Instead, he said the plan is to get Jefferson “back on track.”

The 6-foot-5, 224-pounder was 15-of-21 for 151 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the opener against the Tar Heels, which led to a quarterback rating of 153.73. When Jefferson was taken out in the fourth quarter against Vanderbilt, his rating on the night had dipped to 70.32.

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