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Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

Posted on: August 26, 2011 1:42 pm
Edited on: August 26, 2011 2:54 pm
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A promo banner across the top of LSU's website Friday could have passed as a taunt considering the current state of the program.

Who's Next?

At the moment -- and check back frequently for updates -- LSU goes into its mega-match with Oregon in eight days diminished and disgraced. Once again, updating from two seconds ago, LSU ...

--is currently under NCAA investigation because of its dealings with Will Lyles.

--will be missing its fastest player and best big-play threat Russell Shepard against Oregon due to suspension.

--has no idea whether starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and backup linebacker Josh Johns will ever play again. Both were suspended indefinitely Friday within an hour of warrants being issued for their arrest. The two were expected to be charged with second-degree felony assault stemming from the infamous Shady's bar fight.

--in the middle of all this, awarded coach Les Miles with a contract extension on Friday. Before the outrage boils up, be advised this just happened to be a serendipitous convergence of events. School officials were already scheduled to meet Friday to rubber stamp the deal.

Get your heads up, Tiger Nation. This is what passes for closure. This is what many of you wanted. Your team went 11-2 last year and you blamed Jefferson. At best, he was the most experienced quarterback on the roster. At worst, he had become a huge distraction. Law enforcement decided the issue. 

Who's next? Senior Jarrett Lee. He's not a difference maker. Don't worry, it's not like LSU has been churning out top draft choices at the position, but fans being fans they're always looking toward the next best thing. Some of the more uncaring had tagged Lee "Pick Six." Can't imagine why. This is the same guy who in an eight-game stretch in 2008 threw 10 interceptions. Five of them were returned for touchdowns. That includes a four-pick performance in an overtime loss to Alabama.

Lee is now perceived as somewhat of a savior. First, because he's the only guy on the roster with any notable experience. Second, he's not Jordan Jefferson. It's easier now to remember Lee's heroics last season against Alabama (key third-down pass) and Florida (game-clinching touchdown pass to Terrence Tolliver).

Closure might not be the right word. LSU might actually be better without Jefferson. But that's not the point either. Whether LSU beats Oregon or wins the SEC probably wasn't going to hinge on the quarterback. The Tigers have won national championships with a former minor league catcher (Matt Mauck) and with a savvy guy who shows up nowhere among the school's top 10 career passers (Matt Flynn).

Lee is serviceable, which is all LSU needs right now. There isn't that much of a drop off between him and Jefferson. The difference is Lee is committed having lost 30 pounds and, well, eligible to play. Transfer Zach Mettenberger is the guy on the come but still third-string.

As mentioned, it's not like the program has been producing top NFL quarterbacks lately. But it has been winning -- big.

Miles didn't earn that extension because of his grass-eating ability. He won 62 games in six seasons in the toughest conference in the country. His name continues to pop up for big-time jobs, especially at Michigan. LSU has won under Miles (and Nick Saban before him) with two time-worn SEC strategies -- running the ball and playing defense.

And talk about clock management, Les is a changed man. Barely 30 minutes passed before Miles suspended the two players after word came down about the arrest warrants. 

So in a strange way it is a more stable LSU program heading into the season opener. We know for certain that Jordan Jefferson is an accused felon right now. That doesn't mean he's responsible for what is reported to be the battery of a bar patron. It doesn't mean he's guilty or will serve jail time.

It means that we know his situation going forward. LSU and Les can move on. The coach knows he has been betrayed. Miles went to wall in defending his inconsistent senior. It looks like Jefferson has repaid him with a slap in the face.

It's not like Oregon has its Ducks in a row heading to Arlington. The program has had its own unfortunate dealings with Lyles. Defensive back Cliff Harris is suspended himself having successfully proven it's possible to get a rental car up to 118 mph on I-5 while driving with a suspended license.


Who's next? Maybe a lawyer and an NCAA investigator at the 50 for the coin toss.

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Comments

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

I hope you LSU fans remember for the rest of the season how cocky and ignorant you are being. Sounds like a bunch of people who root for ganging up and beating someone up. One on one the Tigers can't even win at a BARFIGHT! Watch those matchups on the edge, as patrick peterson has been gone. If you think Oregon is affraid watch us come down to your home game on the 3rd and whoop a Tricc in the whiskers and stripes with 9" of limp. I'm still listening to that song btw! It's about you. We eat clams, oysters, bear, elk, salmon and shoot bows, clean 30-06's and homegrow what's legal in our state. You ride the tip of AUBURN, drool on Nick Saban and should have lost to Tennesee. Eat a dick



Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

A song by a band called Lil Troy made an album about LSU fans in the md 90's. It was #7 on the "Sittin' Fat Down South" album. I remember as I listened to the song thinking to myself 'This is about someone who roots for opposing teams like a traitor would' (in conference or not, no other team is out to prove anything for LSU)



Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

The SEC beat Oregon? I remember an SEC team called Auburn winning that game. LSU was nowhere near that stadium. They wouldn't have stood a chance. I never understand how you LSU "fans" can root for other teams. If I was watching a meaningful game involving the other teams in the Ducks conference I root AGAINST them! Am I alone in liking a specific team? Rooting for my team? Ya'll sound like John Kerry/ flip flopping, gagging and slurrping on the nutz of the other teams in conference. Fake little girls who ACTUALLY DON'T HAVE A TEAM! Flip, Flop, Ride that tip and act like your team rates the same praise




Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

You are  a Oregon fan and that's understandable. It people like you that don't realize the potentials of the sec. Okay the sec beat Oregon last year in the national championship game and you are still upset about that. I just wanted to say that without Jefferson L.S.U. is in the sec and just like last year the sec will win. So like last year after this game the Oregon faithful will have to wait for another chance to face a sec team. Its been proven over and over win the sec is in a national championship game they come out on top no matter what. so in closing let me say they don't need Jefferson just like y'all don't need to have Harris to be a good game even though L.S.U. will come out on top.






Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 27, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

Only reason SEC is good every year is they have yet to be caught by the NCAA but its coming.....



Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: August 27, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

This screws Oregon more than it screws LSU.  

If Oregon wins it's a "they only beat the backup QB" situation.  If they lose... not only did they lose they lost to the backup.  

If LSU loses, well, their backup QB was in and that's the reason.  If they win, not only did they beat Oregon they did it short handed.


Never mind that Jordan Jefferson is not very good, no matter what happens LSU will have something good to say and people will say bad things about Oregon.  The only possible remedy to this for Oregon is to blow LSU out by 50. 



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

I'm not a fan of any SEC team, but I'm an SEC fan. They're the Big East(hoops) of football.
Except that SEC consistantly wins championships.  Personally, I find it insulting for the SEC (football) to be equated to the Big Least (basketball).



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

Nicely put, good article as usual. I enjoy Dennis's writing style and his sharp, dry sense of humour.
Since this is the first article that I've read of Dodd's that DOESN'T bash LSU, I'm surprised you said that.  Unless you mean that you only like his style of writing and not the usual anti-LSU subject matter.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

It means that we know his situation going forward. LSU and Les can move on. The coach knows he has been betrayed. Miles went to wall in defending his inconsistent senior. It looks like Jefferson has repaid him with a slap in the face.

It doesn't matter, because Jefferson sux anyway. However, not having a solid QB will cost them the SEC championship. Alabama is stacked and if it boils down to coaching I'll take Sabin over Miles everytime and I like Miles.

Miles is a big boy. He knows the risks in recruiting talented, but troubled young men. Until the NCAA truly cleans up their mess(highly unlikely) this will be par for the course. He knows how to recruit and always has depth. He's a bit crazy and a river boat gambler(which I love), but the guy can flat out coach. He has a national title to prove that and his teams are always solid.

I'm not a fan of any SEC team, but I'm an SEC fan. They're the Big East(hoops) of football. The best of the best by far. Whomever wins the SEC plays in the BCS title game. It's happened 5 straight years and there is no reason to think it won't happen for a 6th straight time. I think Alabama will win it and play Oklahoma. However, LSU or even a surprise team(Florida, Georgia,) could win it as well.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Quarterback not key issue with LSU going forward

hey PDX_Pig how bout you come down off that high horse and look in the mirror? isnt your program the one that pays people to influence recruits to go there? sounds like CHEATING to me.


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