Anthony Jennings starts at quarterback for LSU

HOUSTON – As expected Anthony Jennings started at quarterback for No. 13 LSU in its game against No. 14 Wisconsin on Saturday night.

The Advocate reported Thursday evening that Jennings would get the starting nod over true freshman Brandon Harris. Both will play, coach Les Miles said this week.

Jennings and Harris have been locked in a tight competition for the starting job since spring practice.

Jennings, a sophomore from Georgia, is the more experienced of the two. He started the Outback Bowl as a true freshman last season and played in nine games as the backup to starter Zach Mettenberger.

Jennings, a four-star recruit, made a splash for his outing in replacing an injured Mettenberger against Arkansas in the regular season finale last year. He led the Tigers on a 99-yard game-winning drive against the Razorbacks, capping it with a 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural.

He struggled, though, in his first career start against Iowa in the Outback Bowl, completing just 9 of 17 passes and showing a somewhat shaky pocket presence at times.

Harris, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, enrolled early in January and immediately began competing for the starting gig.

Harris and Jennings separated themselves from others. Reserve QBs Stephen Rivers and Hayden Rettig both left the program.

Harris seemed to out-duel Jennings in the Tigers’ spring game, showing quick feet and a smooth vertical passing game.

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