Dural: Confident Harris getting a feel

Veteran LSU receiver Travin Dural says quarterback Brandon Harris is growing in confidence and within the offense with his unexpected opportunity this summer.

HOOVER, Ala. – Sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris has expanded his game and confidence this summer without Anthony Jennings, indefinitely suspended, in the picture, according to fourth-year receiver and Biletnikoff Award watch lister Travin Dural.

Since Jennings was arrested for his alleged involvement in an on-campus burglary June 18, Harris and first-year signal caller Justin McMillan have been the only two scholarship quarterbacks in player-run practices and 7-on-7 drills.

The opportunity is one Dural indicates Harris has embraced.

"He's grown a lot from last summer to this summer. Well he’s grown a lot from the spring game to today," explained Dural in an interview with TSD's Ben Love on "Bumper to Bumper Sports" on 103.7 FM (KLWB) in Lafayette.

"He's showing a lot of confidence in himself and in us. He's showing us that he's really learned the playbook and really got a feel for this offense."

Continuing a familiar refrain from spring ball, Dural hammered home that the receivers didn't do Harris or Jennings any favors in 2014 as a young and developing corps.

"I would say maybe the stage," Dural responded when asked why it was difficult for Harris to get to the field as a freshman, "but as receivers we weren't helping him out. We weren't getting open when we needed to and we weren't helping out our quarterbacks as much as we could."

Harris, a native of Bossier City, finished his debut season having played in eight games, starting once. He completed 25-of-45 passes for 452 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Harris also rushed for 159 yards and three scores.

Whether or not he ends up the starter under center this fall, Dural expressed assurance that LSU can perform better offensively and display more balance.

"I think (we will be improved)," he concluded. "We're growing each day over the summer. We're doing great things individually as quarterbacks and as receivers, and as a whole offensively. I feel like we can grow a lot."

Click on the link below to listen to Love's full interview with Dural.

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