Brandon Harris named LSU's starting QB

Les Miles said Brandon Harris will "absolutely" take first snap Saturday.

LSU coach Les Miles finally and officially named Brandon Harris his starting quarterback for Saturday's season opener against McNeese State.

Miles said during a Monday press conference that Harris will "absolutely" take the Tigers' first offensive snap against the Cowboys. Miles had previously said Harris led the quarterback competition with Anthony Jennings but had never definitively said Harris would start.

That changed five days before LSU kicks off the 2015 season.

"He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do," Miles said. "He’s continued to improve, and he’s on course to do all the things he’s wanting to do.”

Harris has taken the majority of first-team snaps since the start of fall camp, and he spent most of his time with the starters during preseason scrimmages.

Miles informed Harris Saturday afternoon that he'd be the starter, but gave the impression it was a foregone conclusion.

"I can't imagine he didn't think he would be [the starter]," Miles said.

Miles didn't say exactly how long he intends to roll with Harris against McNeese State. It's expected he'll stay in the game until victory is essentially secured.

But Miles did say he'd have confidence in playing Jennings if necessary.

"We feel like both quarterbacks can play, both quarterbacks can improve," he said. "They continue to compete, and I wouldn't hesitate - if need be - to play either one."

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