LSU’s highly-anticipated football season gets underway March 7 with the start of spring practices.
Each day, SEC Country will take a look at one key position group on the LSU roster and analyze the talent returning, the departures and the new additions while providing e expert analysis on the most prominent storylines to keep an eye on.
The spring football preview series will continue weekdays through March 4.
Quarterbacks coach: Cam Cameron
Key returners: Brandon Harris
Other returners: Anthony Jennings, Justin McMillan, Danny Etling
Newcomers: Lindsey Scott Jr.
Outlook: The spring football season is rapidly approaching, but it’s a rare in that there is actually a shortage of storylines when it comes to the quarterback position at LSU.
The job belongs to incumbent Brandon Harris, who started every game in 2015 as a true sophomore, and is expected to have the edge for what could be a promising 2016 season.
However, there are some X-factors.
No. 1, of course, is Harris’ health.
The rising junior is on track to be at 100 percent for the start of spring practices almost two months removed from hernia surgery.
There, he’ll compete with Danny Etling, the Purdue transfer who sat out all of last season.
Expect Etling to make a push for the No. 2 job with Anthony Jennings, but Harris is the most seasoned of the bunch in terms of starting experience. He also has the best grasp on Cam Cameron’s offense.
Speaking of which, one of the biggest tasks ahead of Harris and the rest of the LSU quarterbacks will be adapting to an offense that includes more spread principles.
That has been the talk of the offseason, beginning with the Texas Bowl and into National Signing Day.
Harris has all of the traits to be a threat both as a runner and a passer, and that may be put to the test this season as LSU’s offense takes a step in that direction. Last year, Harris threw for 2,154 yards and 13 touchdowns while also rushing for 226 yards and four more scores.
How well Harris takes to the offensive changes will likely determine what happens with incoming quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr.
A dual-threat prospect out of Zachary High School (La.), Scott is a symbol of the Tigers’ new-look offense after putting up record-setting numbers as a high school senior. While there’s certainly a chance he will be redshirted, his athleticism and ability to already command a spread offense could lead to playing time as a true freshman.
Here’s a look at our upcoming previews:
- Feb. 23: Heisman Trophy hopeful headlines talented backfield