LSU QB Brandon Harris needs a breakout game against South Carolina
Let’s forget that Leonard Fournette is a one-man wrecking crew for just a few minutes.
No. 7 LSU is about to delve into the thick of its SEC schedule, beginning with South Carolina this Saturday. From there, the Tigers take on Florida before a November slate that features games at Alabama, against Arkansas and at Ole Miss.
Needless to say, the Bayou Bengals have their work cut out for themselves.
Fournette has proven to be arguably the most dynamic running back in the nation. After all, the Heisman Trophy hopeful leads the way in rushing yards, yards per game, yards per attempt and rushing touchdowns.
That’s an easy formula for wins.
But Fournette’s damage has been done against the likes of Syracuse and Eastern Michigan, Mississippi State and Auburn, the latter obviously teams that have failed to live up to the hype.
Leaning on Fournette has allowed LSU to navigate through its schedule unscathed without forcing Brandon Harris to win the team a game.
But isn’t it about time Harris shows he can win LSU a game?
A breakout performance against South Carolina this weekend could do wonders for the true sophomore quarterback. LSU should be able to have success on the ground with Fournette and Co., as the Gamecocks’ rush defense ranks 75th in the nation, allowing 170 yards rushing per game.
LSU should take what the South Carolina defense gives them, but it’s about time to take the reins off Harris and allow him to complete more difficult throws and enjoy some success in a more lax situation. This way, when adversity strikes against Florida, ‘Bama or Ole Miss, he has a game to reference.
A week ago, South Carolina allowed true freshman quarterback Drew Lock to complete 21-of-28 passes for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns … in his very first collegiate start.
Harris is more experienced, has played in bigger games and has superior talent around him. It’s the ideal situation for him to be the focal point of the offense for just one afternoon.
Otherwise, LSU is heading into a typical deer-in-the-headlights situation when an SEC defense finally smothers Fournette and the team has no choice but to put the game in the hands of Harris.
After the South Carolina game, LSU’s SEC schedule consists of Florida, Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss. In other words, the team faces defenses ranked nationally at Nos. 22, 10, 51 and 48, respectively. Fournette may be a once-in-a-generation type of running back, but it will take a Herculean effort to single-handedly carry LSU through that gauntlet.
This plan could be foiled if Harris entirely collapses. But this season, the quarterback has played with poise and has executed flawlessly. He’s been the quintessential game manager that LSU needs him to be with the team around him.
But even a Heisman hopeful can slip up a time or two in a season, and the rest of his team may need to pick up the slack. Harris needs a taste of personal success now, so that he’s ready when his moment arrives.
Video (39 sec): Brandon Harris TD: http://t.co/6y6t2e1BPH
— lsufootball.net (@lsufootball_net) October 3, 2015