Anthony Jennings To Transfer, What It Means For LSU

    With Anthony Jennings transferring from LSU, now Brandon Harris doesn’t have to look over his shoulder anymore. But that means the pressure is really on.

    March 10, 2016


    With Anthony Jennings transferring from LSU, now Brandon Harris doesn’t have to look over his shoulder anymore. But that means the pressure is really on.


    Reported by SECCountry.com, LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, who was missing from the start of spring ball, has been granted is release and will transfer from the program.


    There was some thought that Jennings – a tremendously talented prospect who saw time as a true freshman and appeared to be ready to blossom after starting most of his sophomore season – was going to provide a push this spring for the starting gig. But Harris established himself last season, and now, going into his third year this is his passing game and his job.

    Purdue transfer Danny Etling will now be the No. 2 guy in the mix, and while he’s not Jennings and doesn’t have the talent or skills, should be solid enough to take over if Harris falters or gets hurt.

    Jennings had his moments, but he wasn’t accurate – hitting just 49% of his passes two years ago – and wasn’t able to take over and make the job his, even though the opportunities were there.

    And now this gets interesting, because he’s going to graduate this summer and then be free and clear to go anywhere else.

    But can he still play? He’s not a steady passer, but he has the arm and he has the experience. Maybe this just wasn’t the offense for him.

    More of a baller than a dropback passer, he’s mobile and he can drive the ball fine. However, if he’s being counted on to be an efficient and effective short-to-midrange thrower, that’s not going to happen.

    He’s not going to be the type of quarterback who can take a great team and put it over the top and into the playoff, but the former four-star recruit and Georgia native would be an interesting upgrade option to throw in the equation at North Carolina in place of Marquise Williams, at Virginia in Bronco Mendenhall’s offense, or at Virginia Tech in Justin Fuente’s attack.

    He could have his pick of Group of Five programs – Georgia State needs a quarterback, and so do Louisiana-Lafayette and ULM. He could do whatever he wanted in Conference USA, but there might be just enough upside to get the bigger boys interested.

    How about as an all-around playmaker trying to make his way at Kansas, or as a dual-threat option for Kansas State? South Florida needs more talent under center, and if he really wanted to go away from home, he’d be ideal for what Gary Andersen wants to do at Oregon State.

    But, more importantly for LSU, this now clears the way for Harris. There’s no question that the season is now on his shoulders to take the Tigers from SEC championship potential into the national title chase.

    Handing off to Leonard Fournette will be easy, but even more now than before, with a Heisman-caliber running back, NFL-caliber wide receivers, the great line to protect him, and with the defense to provide the time, the pressure is on to be better. There’s no looking over his shoulder now.

    All the pieces are there for LSU to finish the year with the confetti raining down, except for a dynamic backup quarterback. Etling is fine, but with Jennings gone, Harris – even more so than before – becomes one of college football’s most important players.

    Now it’s up to Jennings to show LSU what it’s missing out on.

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