Brandon Harris leads LSU's quarterback race

Les Miles admitted that Brandon Harris does lead Anthony Jennings to be LSU's starting quarterback.

LSU coach Les Miles won't name a starting quarterback yet, but he will admit Brandon Harris leads the competition.

Miles said Tuesday that Harris does have a leg up on Anthony Jennings to be the quarterback when LSU takes the field Sept. 5 against McNeese State. That falls in line with what's happened all of fall camp, as Harris has taken the majority of first-team reps. But Tuesday marked an instance of Miles putting it in blatant terms.

"Brandon certainly has the lead," Miles said. "We promise to field one and we like both of our guys. Brandon Harris is certainly the leader at this point."

Harris threw three touchdown passes and 66 total yards in Tuesday's scrimmage, according to Miles. It featured mostly situational work with a lot of red zone opportunities. Miles said Jennings threw for 80 yards and one touchdown.

When asked why Harris leads the competition, Miles simply said he hasn't given up the status he grabbed over summer.

“He’s not lost his position," Miles said. "He’s put himself in that position based on a summer’s body of work. He’s continued that path.”

Miles did cite Harris' "deportment," a Lesism for behavior and demeanor, as something that has improved dramatically since last season.

"The things he does before he hands the ball off or throws the ball," Miles said. "Understanding exactly what’s going on, putting us in motion, doing the things to facilitate the other 10 players.”

Miles hasn't stopped speaking positively of Jennings though. He maintains both guys are still fighting for the job and the competition hasn't created a division among the two.

"Both guys are competing," Miles said. "Both want for the other quarterback to play best. It’s important to that room that the quarterback position lifts the team. They’re facilitating and helping and doing the things that make the team best. If they continue to do that, they’ll get better and we’ll all be happy."


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