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2016 LSU Football Position Preview: Quarterbacks

Billy breaks down LSU's quarterbacks for the 2016-17 season in the latest Tiger Blitz Position Preview.

After last year where Brandon Harris took over for the Tigers as the full-time starter, Harris enters this season having to prove himself. The position saw its depth improve with Etling and McMillan coming off their redshirt years plus Lindsey Scott joining the fold. Will LSU see the same starter the whole year? The Tigers need that consistency to win the SEC.  

The Starter

Junior quarterback Brandon Harris has a lot of pressure on him to perform this season. After last season's end to the regular season, there were plenty of questions. Harris had a solid performance in LSU's win in the Texas Bowl. Can he continue that development? He's got all the tools and weapons to make it happen. If he's able to take what the defense gives him while improving LSU's short to intermediate passing game, there's a good shot for LSU to see the balance the Tigers need to win the SEC.

The Backup

Quarterback Danny Etling sat out last season after transferring from Purdue and will provide a veteran presence in the room behind Harris. Etling started 12 games while at Purdue between his freshman and sophomore seasons. He was up and down and had some games that impressed, but others that didn't. He's at LSU to be a veteran backup as of now. 

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The Reserves

Redshirt freshman quarterback Justin McMillan, redshirt freshman Caleb Lewis and freshman Lindsey Scott will be the reserve quarterbacks, but I'd imagine LSU will look to get McMillan some time in the offense when given the opportunity as he is a big-bodied southpaw that redshirted this past year. Lewis got some time with the vets early in camp for a practice and will battle McMillan for the third quarterback spot. Scott is the 2015 Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year after leading Zachary (La.) to a state championship. He arrives at LSU will plenty of talent, but will need some time to develop.

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The Unknown

Can Harris put the team on his back when the Tigers need him to? With Cam Cameron now moving down to the sidelines, how much will that help Harris? That'll be a big key to Harris' development. It sure helped in the Texas Bowl when Harris had one of his best days in his career. With Harris having his quarterback's coach on the sideline, that should help communication even more. Will Harris improve that much though for LSU to make that run that people are expecting? That'll be up to Harris.

Bold Prediction

Harris completes over 60 percent of his passes this season. That puts Harris in the top half of the country in passers and is a big jump up for the junior signal caller. If Harris can do that and be efficient, he'll really have a shot to direct an offense that is going to turn some heads not because it changed what it does, but because of how it does it. 

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