LSU quarterback Brandon Harris was far from dazzling in his season debut against Mississippi State on Saturday. But his play was good enough to beat the Bulldogs, 21-19, in hostile Davis Wade Stadium in an arduous season opener for the Tigers.
While opposing quarterback Dak Prescott completed 34 of his 52 pass attempts for 335 yards and a touchdown, Harris played the role of game manager, going 9-of-14 for 71 yards. He also ran five times for 48 yards. Harris’ stats weren’t gaudy, but coach Les Miles said he was pleased with the sophomore’s performance.
Miles also said that Harris should continue to progress as long as he keeps his poise during the rigorous SEC slate.
“(Harris is) only going to get better,” Miles told reporters on Monday. “If he maintains that relaxing composure and doesn’t try to play out of reach, he’ll improve.”
Miles also praised his young quarterback for his ability to make plays with his legs and hinted that the Tigers could implement more designed runs for Harris going forward.
“We enjoy his ability to scramble out of the pocket and the opportunity for dial ‘em up quarterback carries,” Miles said.
Harris now enters the most important start of his young collegiate career as LSU welcomes the Auburn Tigers to Death Valley on Saturday afternoon. Auburn recently escaped an enormous upset at home at the hands of Jacksonville State, but the Tigers cannot be underestimated.
Gus Malzahn’s defense has surrendered 444 passing yards and one touchdown to opposing quarterbacks.
#LSU coach Les Miles: Brandon Harris did what we asked him to do. Made plays with his arms and feet.
— Jim Kleinpeter (@JimKleinpeter) September 14, 2015