Brandon Harris To Transfer From LSU

    Brandon Harris will transfer from the LSU Tigers football program after being granted a full release by head coach Ed Orgeron.

    February 14, 2017

    Brandon Harris will transfer from the LSU Tigers football program after being granted a full release by head coach Ed Orgeron.


    A familiar trend has rooted itself in Baton Rouge, as for the second consecutive offseason a former starting quarterback has decided to transfer. On Monday, Brandon Harris announced his intent to leave the LSU Tigers, also stating that the program had granted him a full release.

    “After consulting with Coach O & family, I’ve decide [sic] the best decision for me and my future is to transfer away from LSU. Coach O has given me a FULL release. I look forward to finishing school and graduation and finding the best place to further my education & playing career next season. To my teammates who’ve [sic] I shared a bond with it’s been fun & special, I look forward to cheering you guys on next seasons. Lastly, I’ll [sic] like to thank anyone who has impacted me over the last three years I’m forever grateful and can’t thank you enough.”

    Given his plans to graduate from LSU, Harris would assume the position of a graduate transfer — an important distinction, in that it will allow him to play immediately wherever he lands.

    Harris began last season as the starting quarterback for LSU. After two inconsistent starts, Harris was replaced by Danny Etling midway through the team’s victory over Jacksonville State. Etling started the following week and retained the position for the remainder of the season.

    This situation very similarly relates to that of former LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, whom Harris supplanted as the team’s starting quarterback. Last offseason, Jennings left the Tigers to become a starter for Louisiana-Lafayette.

    In three seasons with the Tigers, Harris threw for 2,756 yards with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 370 yards and seven scores.

    With the departure of Harris, head coach Ed Orgeron and new offensive coordinator Matt Canada will lean even more firmly on an influx of young talent. Etling will return for a final season and is expected to be the starter, but he’ll be pushed by incoming true freshmen Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse.

    As of post, no transfer destination has been named by Harris.

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