Editor’s note: As LSU prepares for what should be a promising 2016 campaign, expectations are sky-high as the team returns 18 starters and the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take a closer look at LSU’s 25 most important players who will determine whether this upcoming season will be a success or letdown.
No. 2: Brandon Harris
It’s easy to take shots at Harris, but what many critics fail to realize is that LSU’s quarterback is bracing for his third fall camp in Baton Rouge, La.
The junior is coming off a productive spring in which he exhibited more poise and confidence than seasons past, which could be the precursor to a wake-up call for the rest of the SEC.
Harris entered last season as the No. 1 quarterback on the roster, and played the part exceptionally for more than half the season. The Louisiana native passed for nine touchdowns before he threw his first interceptions, and in the process helped lead LSU to a 7-0 start (4-0 SEC).
This season, there is a lot of optimism surrounding Harris because of the team around him and the new coaches added to the Tigers’ staff. But let’s not look past the obvious.
Harris now has 13 starts under his belt with as many dynamic weapons around him as any other SEC squad. He has another experienced quarterback on the sidelines in wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, who shifted to LSU from Auburn and has had a tremendous influence on Harris’ development.
Additionally, to go along with added coaching and the natural progression that comes with experience, Harris also has two future NFL wide receivers at his disposal in Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural, plus arguably the most effective running game in the country spearheaded by Heisman Trophy hopeful Leonard Fournette.
LSU’s new-look offense will remain balanced while incorporating more short passes and spread principles, which is the system Harris thrived in at Parkway High School (Bossier City, La.). There are no shortage of reasons as to why the quarterback couldn’t take another step forward in 2016 as the leader of the Tigers’ offense.
Coming Friday: The face of the Tigers
- No. 25: Danny Etling
- No. 24: Kristian Fulton, Saivion Smith
- No. 23: Devin White
- No. 22: Tyron Johnson
- No. 21: Rashard Lawrence
- No. 20: Donte Jackson
- No. 19: Colin Jeter
- No. 18: Trent Domingue
- No. 17: Corey Thompson
- No. 16: Kevin Toliver II
- No. 15: William Clapp
- No. 14: Rickey Jefferson
- No. 13: Ethan Pocic
- No. 12: Christian LaCouture
- No. 11: Derrius Guice
- No. 10: Kendell Beckwith
- No. 9: Maea Teuhema
- No. 8 Davon Godchaux
- No. 7: Tre’Davious White
- No. 6: Travin Dural
- No. 5: Jamal Adams
- No. 4: Malachi Dupre
- No. 3: Arden Key
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.