A Look at LSU's Quarterback Situation: Who Will Start in '09?

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IFebruary 24, 2009

After senior quarterback Matt Flynn headed for the pros after the 2007 national championship year, Ryan Perrilloux was ready to step into the starting role. He had been widely recruited in high school and was considered an expert at running the "option" play.

Then he got into trouble.

He missed team meetings and broke team rules, and eventually he was thrown off of the team by head coach Les Miles. Perrilloux then transferred to Jacksonville State in Alabama.

This caused light to be shed on two players who hadn't figured on starting for a while, barring injuries. Jarrett Lee had been great in high school, and Andrew Hatch had recently transferred to LSU from Harvard.

When the season started, both got playing time until Hatch suffered a concussion in the game at Auburn. Lee was then placed at the top of the depth chart. Lee was wildly inconsistent, throwing "pick sixes" in every game it seemed.

He suffered an ankle injury late in the season, and true freshman Jordan Jefferson (above) was then thrown into the starting role.

LSU lost the last two games of the season, but in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Jefferson led the Tigahs to a thumping of the favorite, Georgia Tech.

With the recruitment and signing of the top quarterback in the nation, Russell Shepard, many Tigers fans are wondering who will be under center when the Tigers head up to Husky Stadium in Seattle for their meeting with the Washington Huskies on September the 5th.

It looks as if Hatch will be going back to Harvard, and a rumor is going around that Lee may try to transfer to a smaller school, which would free up the depth chart even more.

Russell Shepard was considered the top quarterback in the nation by recruitment experts. He is 6'1", 179 lbs. and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. He was called a dual-threat quarterback by www.rivals.com.

Besides Shepard, the Tigers will also have another true freshman quarterback on the team. Chris Garrett is 6'4", 220 lbs. and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds. He was called a pro style quarterback by Rivals.

Whoever is the starting quarterback come September, he will most certainly have some pretty good receivers to throw to considering Brandon LaFell is returning to the team and the signing of Reuben Randle.

Oh, and by the way, LSU's spring game will played on April 18. Geaux Tigers!


Joshua Joffrion writes Tigers Town, a blog dedicated to the LSU Fightin' Tigers. It can be found at www.tigerstown.com.