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Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
David Ching & Greg Ostendorf with ESPN.com gave their take on the LSU quarterback battle in this SEC Blog article:
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David Ching: Honestly, I have no idea who will win this competition. I was sure it would eventually be Brandon Harris last fall and was incorrect. Harris is the more intriguing player because we haven’t seen enough of him. Anthony Jennings started 12 of 13 games last season, so we have a better idea of his capabilities and shortcomings. He’s sharp, mature, and seems like the kind of guy you want in your huddle, but Jennings is not as talented as his competitor. LSU’s offense would be more dangerous with Harris under center -- assuming he proves he is mature enough for that responsibility.

Greg Ostendorf: LSU fans are hoping and praying Harris starts next season, but what has he proven? He had a couple good games early against Sam Houston State and New Mexico State last season, but when he got his chance to start an SEC game on the road, he was dreadful. Jennings isn’t spectacular. He probably never will be. But he’s played in big games, made big throws and knows this offense better than any other quarterback on the roster. Les Miles has a tendency to go with experience, and there's no reason that will change this fall.
Anthony Jennings started all but one game in 2014 and finished the season with 1611 passing yards with 11 TD's and 7 INT's. He completed 111 passes with 227 attempts.

Brandon Harris started only one game (At Auburn) in 2014 and finished the season with 452 passing yards with 6 TD's and 2 INT's. He completed 25 of 45.

Here is what coach Les Mile's had to say about the quarterbacks after the teams first spring practice on Saturday, per ESPN:
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“We talked about the need and want to throw the football better,” Miles said. “We need not only the quarterbacks to come on, but the receiving corps to come on. I think we’re going to devote a lot of time to it. We’re going to throw the ball, in terms of snaps and percentages of our practices, very significantly, so it’ll be fun. I think we’ll accomplish that.”
Who do you think will win the quarterback battle this season at LSU?
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cwill112 months
"Anyone who thinks otherwise is forgetting the Jordan Jefferson era. Les even gave JJ the job back a few games AFTER he had been suspended for at least a quarter of the season."

Except for the fact that a freshman JJ did take the job from the more experienced, starting RS freshman JL. Fans were screaming for JJ to replace JL back then. A fact conveniently forgotten by most.
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LSUChamp06112 months
Thank God it's baseball/basketball season!
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nol1wph112 months
10 wins will be the ceiling with this current quarterback saga. No way LSU competes for a championship without MUCH better play at qb.......
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reed morton112 months
I am a Miles fan because of his recruiting prowess, except for QB, but LSU is the only SEC team that consistently fields a team with a subpar QB. However, he is usually hurt by the great recruits leaving early and hurting the team's cohesiveness.
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cheo25112 months
"Jennings starts for the rest of his career unless injured"

This. Anyone who thinks otherwise is forgetting the Jordan Jefferson era. Les even gave JJ the job back a few games AFTER he had been suspended for at least a quarter of the season.
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Datbayoubengal112 months
Really want to see what Harris can do, but more importantly, we just need a serviceable QB. Bring one of them up to speed, and let's get rolling.

On another note, I can't understand how David Ching watched Harris during the under armor events and during the spring game, and thought he'd start for LSU last year.

Harris needs to take it this fall though, no excuses. He was very raw last year, but that won't fly this year.
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tigerbutt112 months
Still going to be a fun season. The QB situation just adds a lot of drama and keeps the roller coaster going up and down. Fun ride but aggravating too.
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CalTiger53112 months
AJ would make a solid back up. He is perfect for that role.
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texastigerr112 months
"He had a couple good games early against Sam Houston State and New Mexico State last season, but when he got his chance to start an SEC game on the road, he was dreadful."

Why does this keep being brought up? The fact of the matter is that there was ample opportunity for Les to play Harris all season. He used the Auburn game as an excuse to "forget" on one occasion to play him and then "not" be able to find an "appropriate" opportunity to get him in other games where the offense was not doing a thing. And even in a bowl game he couldn't find an "opportunity" to play him in a meaningless game that his Defensive Coordinator even blew off. So let's just keep going back to a freshman's first start in a conference game on the road against a team that was way above anything he had ever faced and judge him on that. Kind of like letting JJ play the entire Championship game against Bama with no hope of ever moving the ball and Lee and Mettenberger standing on the sidelines watching. Les could not find an opportunity to get either one of them into the game. Les sounds like Josh Ernst trying to explain how Obama got emails from Hillary but didn't know it was a nongovernment secured personal email address.
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km112 months
So we'll throw the ball in spring practice and the spring game. Then what?
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budlight34112 months
We’re going to throw the ball, in terms of snaps and percentages of our practices, very significantly,

Seriously, who the hell talks like this??!! LOL
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GeauxToBed112 months
I say put Fournette in at QB and let him run it from the gun w an extra blocker.
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km112 months
The question is, "How long will it take Miles and Cam to adjust the offense to our QB's deficiencies?" Last year it wasn't until after 2/3 loses.
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airbornetiger112 months
WOW, an article that says nothing
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SpidermanTUba112 months
NO ONE! everyone loses
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LSU-MNCBABY112 months
Jennings starts for the rest of his career unless injured
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wilceaux112 months
"He had a couple good games early against Sam Houston State and New Mexico State last season, but when he got his chance to start an SEC game on the road, he was dreadful."

Yeah, let's ignore the fact that Jennings was terrible against both those teams. It appears as though Harris at his worst is about equal to Jennings at his best.
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Tommy Patel112 months
can't imagine being judged and scrutinized the way these kids are everyday until they meet our expectations, God bless em
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Broham112 months
Get ready for another mediocre season.
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Martini112 months
Can we get Dan Pastorini? Lord I'm worried about both these guys. And it's the only thing I'm worried about.
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