LSU’s two quarterbacks have shared the job the last five games because of their differences – unique skills they bring to an offense that is designed mostly to keep the clock moving and not take many chances
Both QBs were requested by several media entities, including TigerSportsDigest.com.
Tuesday marked the first time Lee has not spoken to the media this season. Except for one session in early October, Jefferson has been off limits to the media since he returned from a four-game suspension resulting from his involvement in a fight outside a campus bar.
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The two have split time at quarterback since Jefferson’s return and Tigers coach Les Miles said Monday that will continue when No. 1-ranked LSU (9-0) tangles with Western Kentucky (5-4) at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Lee has started all nine games this season, but he struggled mightily last Saturday in a 9-6 overtime triumph at Alabama, throwing two interceptions. Jefferson played almost the entire second half, got his most snaps of the season and led the Tigers to all nine points.
During Monday’s normal media session, Miles wouldn’t divulge who would start against WKU and said identifying a starter wasn’t important that early in the week.
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Miles spoke to the media off the record about the quarterbacks Tuesday, and said it was his decision to put the players off limits. He was non-committal on whether Lee and Jefferson would be made available any time soon.
While neither quarterback spoke Tuesday, several teammates spoke about them Monday.
Tight end Chase Clement is close friends with Lee and he said the fifth-year senior didn’t take Saturday’s performance very well after connecting only 3-of-7 passes for a season-low 24 yards.
“I tried to get his mind off it by talking about hunting,” he said with a smile. “I was trying to keep him focused, but at same time keep mind off pressure.
“Sunday he was in that film room real early and wanted me to come with him. He’ll put it behind him.”
Added guard Will Blackwell, another close friend, “I told him to keep his head up. It’s always hard when you prepare as hard as we do and go out there and don’t play the way you know you can. He was upset after the game, but he’s better (Monday), and he’ll be better throughout the week.”
The consensus Monday – as it has been since Jefferson returned – is that LSU is better off with a two-quarterback system.
Since Jefferson came back, the Tigers have rattled off five straight SEC wins, averaging 363.2 yards and 34.4 points a game.
“We want to make sure we stay positive with both quarterbacks because both of them need to know we stand behind them, no matter what,” receiver Rueben Randle said. “They both bring different things to the table. We know Jordan can escape the pocket and get a few yards and we know Jarrett can throw the ball when we need to.”
Blackwell said he wants the two-quarterback system to remain because he thinks “it makes both of them compete a little tougher every day.”
“For us to be the best offense we can, we need both of them,” Blackwell said. “It gives us different looks and that makes a better offense.”