The LSU Tigers entered the 2016 college football season with high hopes, but quickly found themselves in an unexpected place after suffering a season-opening loss to the Wisconsin Badgers at Lambeau Field.
It was just the latest example of a talented LSU team underachieving, and often times the blame falls on the lackluster play from quarterback Brandon Harris.
So what should the Tigers do at the position?
According to ESPN analyst Todd McShay, head coach Les Miles should bench Harris for the team’s Week 2 match up against Jacksonville State.
“I would move on from Brandon Harris,” McShay said on Russillo & Kanell Wednesday, as transcribed by The Spun.
I personally think this is a great week to do it. Jacksonville State…at least give him an opportunity, Etling is the back-up, for success, and see what he can do. And Harris’ confidence is down and he’s a guy who’s really bothered by all the conversation and the talk, and all that stuff, so it’s really not going to hurt his confidence any more. I think his confidence is absolutely at rock bottom after this last game.”
McShay went on to say that if Danny Etling struggles, you could give Harris another chance.
“So if you have to come back to Harris because Etling doesn’t look good, so be it. You haven’t really lost anything. Harris isn’t going to get better against Jacksonville State anyway,” he said. “I would give Etling a shot because there are so many throws, I think there are six or seven throws that you just have to make or put your receiver in position to make, that Harris did not make in that game that were the difference in that game.”
Last week, Harris threw for just 131 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
There is no doubt he needs to play better if LSU is going to be a threat for the College Football Playoff as was predicted before the season, but it will also be interesting to see if Miles decides to make a change.
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