Former LSU QB Brandon Harris explained what he liked about his new team’s offense, while revealing his frustrations with the Tigers’ previous system.
Harris decided to transfer to North Carolina because of the Tar Heels’ pass-heavy offense, he told The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger. Head coach Larry Fedora made Harris feel “wanted” and promised the quarterback would actually get to throw the ball.
“He assured me I was going to throw it more than 16 times a game,” Harris said, “and maybe even during the first quarter.”
Former LSU head coach Les Miles and former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron received lots of criticism for their run-heavy approach on offense. Harris said he and his receivers pushed Miles to make a change, but it never happened.
“I feel like we thought we were going to change the offense,” Harris said. “Obviously, I heard that every single year since I’ve been here, a promise that we were going to change and we were going to throw it more. Of course, ultimately, we didn’t do that.”
LSU has since brought in new coordinator Matt Canada to update its offense. But Harris said he chose to transfer when he didn’t get on the field late in the year under new head coach Ed Orgeron.
Harris said UNC’s offense is basically the same spread attack he ran in high school. He also pointed to Fedora’s ability to develop quarterbacks. Former Tar Heels QB Mitchell Trubisky is expected to be the first quarterback taken in the 2017 NFL Draft in April.
“I couldn’t pass it up,” Harris said.