Miles not opposed to playing both Jennings, Harris
DESTIN, Fla. — LSU football coach Les Miles isn’t setting anything in stone. But at this point, he remains unopposed to playing both sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris at quarterback this fall.
“We’re going to let competition play out,” Miles said Tuesday during the Southeastern Conference Spring Meeting. “We think we’ll have a guy — or two — who can compete at a very high level.”
“I think we’ll be fine. Anthony Jennings will continue to improve, and Brandon Harris is coming in, and in a position to compete for the job.”
Jennings rescued LSU with a game-winning 99-yard touchdown drive in last year’s regular-season finale against Arkansas after Zach Mettenberger left with a knee injury.
He also started the Tigers’ Outback Bowl win over Iowa.
But Jennings threw a pair of pick-6s in the LSU spring game in April and was generally outperformed by Harris, an early enrollee who joined the program in January.
Miles was one of several SEC coaches asked this week about former Vanderbilt and new Penn State coach James Franklin conducting a football camp this summer with his staff as guest coaches at Georgia State in Atlanta.
The SEC has a rule prohibiting such off-campus tactics. Miles said something has to change one way or another.
“I want everyone to operate from the same rules nationally, whatever those rules would be,” he said.
Miles also said he was sad to see LSU’s season-ending series with Arkansas come to a close.
The Tigers will now play Texas A&M to end the regular season, this year on Thanksgiving Day in College Station, while playing at Arkansas on Nov. 15.
“I enjoyed that rivalry,” Miles said. “I think it’s been a tremendously competitive game from the start. In some regard, it’s sad to see it go.
“But with the new rivalries of the new SEC, it requires some adjustment, and things that have to change.”
One last thing: Miles’ wife, Kathy, said her husband has no plans to return to Baton Rouge and climb down the side of any skyscrapers.
Miles left last year’s spring meetings and rappelled 20 stories down the side of the One American Place building in downtown Baton Rouge for charity.
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