Summer Stock: LSU Tigers
Yes, the QB play needs improvement. But LSU has the look of a title contender
This article is part of our Summer Stock series, a three-week look at the programs generating the most buzz coming out of spring practice.
Take a deep breath, LSU fans, and let's say this together: "Jordan Jefferson is the starting quarterback." Now exhale, because that's not a bad thing.
Last season is behind the third-year starter. He's no longer glancing over his shoulder at Jarrett Lee and the arrival of heralded juco transfer Zach Mettenberger only pushed him that much harder to prove himself. Les Miles could be heard endorsing Jefferson entering the summer -- "I think he's had the best spring since he's been here" -- and new offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe couldn't be a more welcome sight for a passing offense that ranked dead last in the conference.
"The way things were last year, I was in no situation to be successful," said Jefferson, whose 114.7 passer rating didn't even crack the top 10 among SEC QBs. "We were a run, run, pass offense, and on third down it was obvious that I was scrambling almost every time to make plays."
The good news for the Tigers is that Jefferson isn't the only one confident in his ability to lead his team to the BCS title game -- the metrics show an LSU team capable of winning it all, with their senior QB at the helm.
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