To say that the quarterback situation at LSU is in dire straits would be an understatement right. Former NFL wide receiver and LSU great Michael Clayton would certainly agree with that statement. He is not happy at all with the Tigers’ current quarterback situation.
WAFB reported that Clayton talked about Tiger quarterbacks being handed their position instead of having to actually earn them. Clayton knows about playing with great quarterbacks at LSU as he played with Rohan Davey and Matt Mauck, both who hold school records, while there from 2001-2003.
During those three seasons, Davey and Mauck both helped the Tigers win SEC championships in both 2001 and 2003 as well as the BCS national title in 2003. Davey set a school record for most passing yards in 2001 with 3,347 yards and Mauck threw a record twenty-eight touchdowns in 2003.
Clayton says that the quarterbacks are a far cry from what they were in the early part of this century.
“Well, I think we’ve always had a bit of a situation at quarterback, a quarterback situation. I was blessed to have Rohan Davey, even Matt Mauck was a good distributor of the football,” Clayton said. “And we just had guys who were willing to come in and they had to fight for their positions. They owned it, the whole team respected them. Their position wasn’t given to them. And I think we’ve had a few quarterbacks come in, great quarterbacks, great talents, but they didn’t have to work really, for their position. They were just kind of handed their position. And when you have that kind of competition, that’s what makes everyone around you better. And that’s what we were fortunate to have.”
Last year, Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings combined for 2,063 passing yards, seventeen touchdowns, and nine interceptions. That would be a decent year for one quarterback, but two? That seems pretty weak.
Right now, the Tigers seem to be going with Harris to open the season with Jennings being indefinitely suspended after his arrest in June. We will see how the quarterback situation plays out now that a legend has called out the team.
LSU opens the season on September 5 when they host McNeese State.
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