The LSU Tigers are expected to compete for both the SEC crown and the College Football Playoff championship entering the 2016 season. They are a top five preseason team and head coach Les Miles is very confident in returning quarterback Brandon Harris.
Miles recently sat down with Gridiron Now’s Tony Barnhart to talk about the upcoming season after their strong spring practice. He first talked about a good number of returning starters being out for spring practice and their success riding on the shoulders of the starting quarterback, who is presumed to be the incumbent Harris.
“There were about eight or nine starters who didn’t participate at all in the spring, so that gave us a chance to put the young kids out there and build some depth,” Miles said. “As a result, we have a lot more depth than we’ve had in the past. We’re pretty talented. If our quarterback plays like he’s capable, I like us.”
Many have said that Harris has improved over the last few months and many expect 2016, his junior year, to be his breakout season. Over the last two years, Harris has split time with Anthony Jennings, who is transferring for his final season of eligibility, and he recorded 2,617 yards and 19 touchdowns against eight interceptions, while rushing for 385 yards and seven touchdowns.
Miles talked more in depth about Brandon Harris and said that he seems to be matured and focused on the task at hand.
“He has so much more poise now,” Miles said. “He’s really not the same quarterback who started his career here. We’ve asked him to throw with a little more touch and he’s done that. We charted all of his throws and he completed somewhere between 67 and 69 percent of his passes on the spring. That number includes good days and bad days, so we feel good about where Brandon is.”
The LSU Tigers open the season at Lambeau Field against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 3. If there was ever a bigger test for Harris, it will be against a premiere Big Ten team like the Badgers.
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