Why was Bert Jones splitting time at QB in '70, '71?
He possessed as strong an arm as any quarterback in college football history and finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1972. As a 1972 All-American, he was the first player taken in the 1973 draft (Baltimore)
Jones didn't like the dual quarterback system at LSU because he only got to play half as much.
Question: How did you like the two-quarterback system at LSU and the coaching staff?
Answer: "The LSU coaching staff was old school and not very smart at either understanding or adapting.
"LSU was playing two quarterbacks all the time, primarily a run-option type quarterback. That just wasn't conducive to my style. They did some things that were not copacetic. They told me that I would be calling the plays, and then I didn't but that wasn't any big deal. I played only half the time while i was at LSU.
Q: What was their logic there? Were you just shuttling in plays from the bench?
A: "No, you'd go in for a series, and then come out for one or two, and then go back in. It was a weird deal. I may have one NCAA record. I'm the opnly quarterback in the history of 1A college football who only played half the time and was second string, who made consenus All-Anerican, and who was a first-round NFL draft choice. We had one quarerback who could throw the ball and one qarterback who could run. So, they threw the guy who ran and ran the guy who threw,"
Q: What kind of seasons did you team have?
A: "We were very successful, and we were probably ranked in the top 10 during my three years." LINK