Les Miles: LSU QB Brandon Harris has “improved tremendously” this season
LSU quarterback Brandon Harris has evolved from merely just a game manager. The sophomore has transformed immensely since taking the reigns as the starting quarterback and has thrown for at least 202 yards in each of LSU’s past three games.
Harris has thrown for 1,098 yards and nine touchdowns without throwing an interception in the first seven games of the season. Coach Les Miles said he has been impressed by Harris’ progression since August.
“He continues to improve,” Miles said during his SEC teleconference. “He’s very accurate, very capable, understands where he’s supposed to throw it. I like his improvement. I like his tenacity and leadership around the team. He’s where we would like him to be and we would hope that he would continue that path.”
Harris struggled establishing a connection primarily with receivers Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural as the LSU passing game gained chemistry during the early stretch of the season. Harris’ worst performance came Oct. 3 against Eastern Michigan, when Harris completed just 4-of-14 passes against the lowly Eagles.
Harris has completed at least 55 percent of his passes in each of the three games since that dismal performance. Miles mentioned accuracy as one of the traits Harris has drastically improved.
“He’s a guy you got to acquaint him to wanting to be accurate,” Miles said. “In other words, a good throw’s not good enough anymore. He wants to be very, very accurate.”
Harris’ leadership also should not be underestimated. Miles noted that Harris has all of the qualities that make up a great leader.
“I think there’s no way you can be the leader without being a really quality participant,” Miles said. “You have to go out onto the field and you have to be able to play, you have to make plays and you have to care and want. Brandon Harris has that. His leadership has grown leaps and bounds. He’s very much a part of the team. I don’t think there’s any question that he’s improved tremendously.”
Harris’ progression will be tested as early as next weekend when he will lead his Tigers into Tuscaloosa, Ala. for a pivotal matchup against Alabama. It won’t get any easier from there, as Harris will face fellow SEC West rivals Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas A&M to conclude the season. LSU’s homestretch could truly show how much Harris has developed.