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Les Miles keeping an open mind with his QBs

Posted on: March 4, 2011 2:07 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

LSU will begin its spring practice a week from today, and the position everyone will be looking at is the quarterback position where Jordan Jefferson, Jarrett Lee and newcomer Zach Mettenberger will be competing for the starting job. As for which one has the edge, according to head coach Les Miles, none of them do. Which is why the mad scientist will retreat to his lab, mix some concoctions together, and see what he can blow up.

“We’re going to give (Lee and Mettenberger) the opportunity to do the things that they do and give Jordan Jefferson the opportunity to do the things that he does -- and make us better,” Miles said on Thursday.

“I don’t know that we’ll be in a two-quarterback system, but we’re going to let those guys that might naturally throw, throw, and we’re going to let those guys that might naturally have athletic ability and movement to do those things that they do. So, the competition will be a fair one.”

I think it's obvious that the obvious thrower Miles refers to is Mettenberger, and the natural athletic ability would belong to Jefferson. Because, let's be honest, if Jefferson's natural ability is to throw the football, then he sure had a funny way of showing it throughout most of 2010. That being said, Jefferson does have a bit of an edge over Mettenberger with his experience, as does Jarrett Lee.  It's just that most of the experience Jefferson and Lee have involves turning the ball over.

Still, if Jefferson can come into camp and perform the way he did against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, then I don't think he has much to worry about. Jefferson completed 10-of-19 passes for 158 yards and 3 touchdowns in LSU's win. He also ran for an additional 67 yards and another score. More importantly, he only turned the ball over once. If he can perform that way this spring, then the starting job should be his.
Comments

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Les Miles keeping an open mind with his QBs

LSU also played both UNC and WVU last season in nonconference games, and both were ranked in the preseason.  How many teams can say they played tougher nonconference opponents? 

Really Dude, you need to focus on your conference schedule, survive that and feel accomplished.  What does a non conference team or schedule have to do with the price of tea in China.  Think of the athletes that play for these smaller schools, it is their time to shine. As far as preseason rankings go, only a fool would put faith into that.  Preseason rankings are merely opinions and everyone has one.  Doesnt really mean a lot now does it ?  Auburn "ALL WE DO IS WIN" Tigers were preseason ranked 22, and we all know what they did, and will continue to do throughout the 2011 season.  Please dont forget, the only REAL Tigers are from Auburn.  The rest are pretendere, wannabe's if you will.........




Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2011 8:39 am
 

Les Miles keeping an open mind with his QBs

LSU also played both UNC and WVU last season in nonconference games, and both were ranked in the preseason.  How many teams can say they played tougher nonconference opponents? 



Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Les Miles keeping an open mind with his QBs

McNeese State and Louisiana-Monroe were real tough non-conference games for LSU.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Les Miles keeping an open mind with his QBs

Les Miles has lost exactly one nonconference game in his six seasons at LSU, and that was against Penn State in the slop at the bowl game in Orlando.  He surely is not planning on losing to Oregon.  I am not saying that a loss is not possible, but we don't plan those things out at LSU.  Maybe Oregon has games where the plan is to lose, but not at LSU.  Whether we win or lose against Oregon, I am very glad we scheduled the game as it should keep the players on their toes during the offseason.  And before anyone says anything about how soft the SEC nonconference schedule is, I would invite you to look at LSU's.  We play the best nonconference schedule in the conference and one of the better ones nationally.  Geaux Tigers!



Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Les Miles plans on losing to Oregon

By a bunch.


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