Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz calls Brandon Harris "insanely talented," claims he can "make any throw" and launches an "oustanding deep ball."
But there's something else about the LSU quarterback that's keeping Diaz up at night.
"The element that’s frightening about him is his ability to improvise and run," Diaz said Wednesday in a press conference.
Diaz wasn't at Mississippi State last season when these two teams met in Tiger Stadium. He's surely seen the game film though.
Harris entered that game late, only a few minutes left with defeat seeming certain. Harris nearly led an amazing comeback though, connecting with Malachi Dupre for two touchdowns but failed on a third that would've been the game-winner.
He also scrambled twice for 19 yards in that game, including a 12-yarder that set up LSU's final heave for the endzone.
"We’re very weary of [his ability to run]," Diaz said. "We have plans for that, but it’s easier to stop on a chalkboard than on the grass."
Harris is still a mostly unknown commodity to the other SEC coaches. He did run 26 times last season for 159 net yards, and his mobility is something LSU coaches have praised about him since high school.
Diaz isn't squarely focused on Harris though. He said it's "all hands on deck" to stop Leonard Fournette and the LSU run game. But he must also be mindful of the wide receivers, and Diaz knows LSU will always "push the ball down the field."
Even with all those weapons though, you can't forget about Harris.
"You can have a situation where there’s no one on the quarterback," Diaz said. "And he can get loose, make things happen to extend drives."
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