LSU QB 'competition' resumes during bye week

Les Miles said Wednesday that Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris will get even reps during practice this week with hopes that will bring up the level of play at that position

LSU fans have laid most of the blame at Anthony Jennings’ feet for the offense’s struggles against Arkansas.

Les Miles was not ready to take it that far. Speaking publicly for the first time since the loss, Miles credited a number of things for contributing to LSU’s offensive ineptitude, one being the two injured offensive linemen.

But Miles did admit that Jennings can — and must — play better.

"For the most part, he played OK,” Miles said of Jennings’ performance against Arkansas. “He still needs to play better."

When asked what it is that Jennings does that makes him the quarterback LSU coaches trust most…

"He takes care of the ball and makes 10 other players better,” Miles said. “That really is the significance there."

Miles did say after the game that Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris will get even reps during practice leading up to the Texas A&M game. Though he’s left open the possibility that Harris could see the field on Thanksgiving, Miles said he’s not “ready to say” with certainty that he will.

“That’s what we’re going to go with here,” Miles said of the split reps. “We’ll see if we can bring the quarterback play up with competition.”

As for what Harris needs to show in order to earn more confidence…

"The position takes some time,” Miles said. “It's an encompassing position. Certainly there are things that will get him to the field because he has a natural arm, he can run and he's competitive. We like him a lot. Hopefully by the time we get to the next game, he'll have taken some more steps that allows us to get him in the game."

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