Brandon Harris doesn’t care what you think. The sophomore quarterback has let his play do the talking over the past two weeks.
Harris put up an encouraging performance against South Carolina last weekend. This weekend, Harris proved he can compete with the best teams in the conference, maybe the country.
Harris completed 13 of 19 passes with 202 yards and two touchdowns in LSU’s 35-28 win over No. 8 Florida. He made great plays all evening and his scrambling touchdown pass to Malachi Dupre was one of the most incredible plays of LSU’s season.
Harris told the media after the game that the LSU passing game showed it can be productive.
“We proved we can throw the ball,” Harris said, according to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger. “Apparently some people didn’t think I could.”
Harris transformed from a mercurial game manager into a playmaker against a talented Florida defense. He said he was fed up with people criticizing his ability.
“I can’t stand it,” Harris said according to Dellenger. “I play with a chip on my shoulder…. Keep doubting me.”
LSU coach Les Miles acknowledged his quarterback’s success during his postgame press conference. Miles said Harris’ development will be vital for the Tigers throughout the rest of the season.
“Brandon Harris is one of the key, fundamental guys to our success,” Miles said according to The Advocate’s Marcus Rodrigue. “If he continues, we’ll be as good as we can be.”
Harris has continued to progress in his first full season as the starter. He has thrown for at least 200 yards over the past two weeks and has completed 65.9 percent of his passes. Harris doesn’t have to be the hero with fellow sophomore Leonard Fournette carrying the offense. Harris just has to manage the game.
Harris is beginning to surpass those game-manager expectations, however. At this point, he’s scratching the surface of his lofty potential.