THIBODAUX, La. — Brandon Harris is taking a page out of LeBron James’ playbook, which may not be such a bad idea.
LSU’s quarterback about to enter his third season with the team believes the 2016 season can be awfully special, so long that every player can rise to the challenge.
That includes the offensive line, the defense, the third and fourth receivers on plays, and of course, Harris behind center.
Much like LeBron James, Harris has endured his fair share of criticism over the years, and like the three-time NBA champion, is poised to prove said doubters wrong.
“I really do feel like I have the best arm in college football,” Harris said during the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State on Friday. “We have the best team in college football. I get it all the time: ‘Can you throw this and that?’ I laugh about it because I think as we continue to grow as a team, we’ll get the last laugh.”
James’ Cavaliers were a popular pick to win the NBA’s Eastern Conference, just as LSU is a popular selection to compete for the top spot in not only the SEC West but the conference overall.
With that being said, it wouldn’t hurt if the Tigers adopted some of the advice that James and his squad laid out.
“We’ve got a lot of great leadership on our team, and as we continue to grow in our room, the sky is the limit,” Harris explained. “I watched Tristan Thompson after the Finals say that LeBron told them to be a star in whatever your role is. If you pave the way for Leonard (Fournette), or running a route to open up another receiver, whatever your role is, be a star. Don’t get complacent. The sky is the limit for this team. The light has to come on, and it’s starting to come on.”
In order to follow the same path as the Cavs, Harris and some of the other veterans on the LSU football team have tried to evoke the best of each position group.
For instance, Harris and backup Danny Etling work the quarterbacks; Fournette and Darrel Williams lead the running backs, so on and so forth.
That is helping the incoming freshmen catch up to speed — quickly, for that matter — and help them realize what LSU is capable of achieving in 2016.
So parallels between the NBA champs and the LSU Tigers … maybe it isn’t as much of a stretch as you think.
“We have a plethora of talent, and I’ve been very pleased with the players we’ve brought in,” Harris said. “They’ve bought into our system and what we like to do. The sky is the limit if they stay focused, and that starts with the leadership. The depth we have at each position is unreal, probably better than anyone in the country … They know the expectations and what we’re expecting out of being a Tiger at LSU.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.