In the final game of his career at LSU, Jarrett Lee will come through for the Tigers in the clutch.
Tonight, Jordan Jefferson is the guy the Tigers will rely on to become the first school to win three national championship in the BCS era, while Lee looks on from afar.
It took both quarterbacks to get the Tigers to the national championship, and it will take both quarterbacks to win this national championship. Jefferson will have to stretch the field horizontally with the option game and use his feet to make an impact.
But there will come a moment in the game when the Tigers have to complete a crucial third down, and Lee will get called upon to deliver the big play—sort of how Lee completed that 3rd-and-long to Rueben Randle against Alabama in 2010.
Lee's been through many ups and downs, but he will be remembered for getting the Tigers through an absolutely brutal September. Three of the Tigers' four opponents were ranked, including both the eventual Rose Bowl Champion and Orange Bowl Champion.
The Tigers opened the season without Jefferson because he was kicked off the team, and Lee had to step in and play mistake-free football to give the Tigers the victory over the Oregon Ducks. Lee played solidly against the Ducks as he passed for 98 yards and a touchdown, but he saved his best performance for the Mountaineers at West Virginia.
Lee led the Tigers to victory with 198 passing yards and three touchdown passes. Quite frankly, if the Tigers want to defeat the Crimson Tide tonight, they’re going to have to spread the football around with Jefferson running the option and Lee taking shots down the field.
Lee is an accurate passer downfield, but more importantly, he’s not afraid to let it loose. It’s gotten Lee in trouble early in his career with pick sixes, but it’s helped him develop as a quarterback and made him an actual threat.
Following the game, Hollywood should make a movie about the careers of Jordan Jefferson and Lee at LSU.
Lee and Jefferson have both experienced the ups and downs that go along with playing quarterback at a large university, but it’s been amplified.
After Ryan Perrilloux was kicked off the team in 2008, Lee became the starter as a freshman and
threw 16 interceptions. He was the most unpopular man on campus, but he never transferred and continued to work hard.
After Lee went down with an injury, Jefferson became the starter and impressed in the Chick-fil-A Bowl with 142 yards passing and a touchdown.
After that game, Jefferson had a decent 2009 season with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions and struggled in 2010 700 less passing yards, 10 less touchdowns and three more interceptions.
Tonight will be the climax of this dramatic tale of two quarterbacks. Will it end happily or in tragedy?
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