Contenders: Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris
Most assumed sophomore Anthony Jennings would compete and beat freshman Brandon Harris rather handily in a spring "battle," yet that isn't exactly how it worked out.
Instead, the spring game gave us every indication that it could be Harris who is ahead of Jennings heading into fall camp.
Harris threw for three touchdowns and ran for another while completing 11-of-28 passes for 195 yards. He also ran for 61 yards on three carries, including the TD run.
Sure, the completion percentage was low, but the explosive plays were high for Harris, much more so than for Jennings, who went 9-of-17 for 157 yards. Jennings also threw two interceptions and had no touchdown passes.
After the game, head coach Les Miles had praise for Harris' abilities.
“He made some really big plays and nice passes,” Miles said, via LSU's athletic department. “He threw the ball at times extremely well. But he also made some mistakes. It was certainly reviewed very positively by us.”
Miles also made it clear that the battle will continue on into the fall, and that he's comfortable with both quarterbacks leading the offense out against Wisconsin to open the season, via LSU's athletic department:
We think that both guys are pretty good, and we would like to think that they would continue to improve and be well beyond where they are today. I think both guys are good enough to be our quarterback. At times, I think the two guys played better than that in the spring. I think the game itself was a little more emotional because it was in the stadium.
LSU will have an interesting choice and not a lot of margin for error if it wants to get back in the national championship picture this season. Fall will go a long way in determining who's the right answer at quarterback in Baton Rouge, La.
Andy Coppens is a college football featured columnist. You can follow him on Twitter: @AndyOnCFB.