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LSU QBs to vie again for starting job against Gators

Neither Anthony Jennings, left, nor Brandon Harris has stepped up to claim LSU’s starting quarterback job.
Neither Anthony Jennings, left, nor Brandon Harris has stepped up to claim LSU’s starting quarterback job.
Published Oct. 7, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. — Which LSU quarterback holds the title of starter is uncertain again.

LSU coach Les Miles, who named Brandon Harris the starter a week ago, now wants to observe Harris and season-opening starter Anthony Jennings in the practices leading up to Saturday's game at Florida before assigning one of them to take the first snaps.

"We'll let them both compete at practice and make a decision later in the week," Miles said Monday. "Both can play better than they played last week."

Harris was productive in relief outings against Mississippi State and New Mexico State, leading the Tigers to touchdowns on nine of 10 possessions. So, Harris got the nod at Auburn, but by his own admission, he was awful. He completed 3 of 14 passes for 58 yards and compared his outing to "a nightmare."

Indeed, the 41-7 loss was LSU's worst in 15 years.

Now the Tigers are unranked for the first time in six seasons and head into the Swamp looking to avoid their first 0-3 start in league play since 1999 — the season before Nick Saban arrived in Baton Rouge.

"We are disappointed in how we played," Miles said. Coaches "met all day Sunday to come up with a plan on how we are going to go about improvement. There is a lot of football to play."

ALABAMA: Tailback Kenyan Drake had surgery to repair a broken left leg and is likely out for the season. Coach Nick Saban said it could be 8-10 weeks before Drake can start trying to work his way back.

IOWA ST.: The Big 12 publicly reprimanded and fined athletic director Jamie Pollard $25,000 for his rant against league officiating after Saturday's loss to Oklahoma State.

ILLINOIS: Reilly O'Toole appears to be the first option to replace quarterback Wes Lunt, who broke his leg Saturday and is out 4-6 weeks. Coach Tim Beckman said he wants O'Toole and the more mobile Aaron Bailey to compete for the spot ahead of Saturday's game at Wisconsin.

MICHIGAN: Starting tailback Derrick Green will miss the rest of the season with a broken clavicle. Green, a sophomore, leads the team with 471 rushing yards.

WASHINGTON ST.: Coach Mike Leach dismissed special teams coordinator Eric Russell after Saturday's 60-59 loss to California in which the Cougars gave up back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns.

WISCONSIN: Coach Gary Andersen declined to name a starting quarterback but said both Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy will play Saturday against Illinois.