Anthony Jennings Reportedly Will Start LSU's 2014 Season Opener vs. Wisconsin

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2014

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2014, file photo, LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) passes during their NCAA college football practice in Baton Rouge, La. Tigers coach Les Miles has declared that he will use both sophomore Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
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LSU head coach Les Miles has his man for the Tigers' opening-week showdown with Wisconsin. Jim Kleinpeter of filled fans in on the details:

“LSU sophomore Anthony Jennings will start at quarterback for the Tigers in their season opening game against Wisconsin here Saturday, a source close to LSU told | The Times-Picayune.”

Jennings won the starting quarterback gig over freshman Brandon Harris in a tightly contested battle during spring practice and fall training camp. Miles actually commented on the signal-caller competition during the SEC coach teleconference, via a separate Kleinpeter report:

It's not something without conception. We understand it. It's (the plan) not something I'm going to reveal. I don't think there's any tremendous magic to it. Both will play.

If a guy separates himself from the other over time we'll certainly give him the nod. He'll be our starter. At this point we'll play two and we're confident in both.

Jennings clearly had the experience edge after playing in nine games last year and starting in the Outback Bowl victory over Iowa. While he only threw for 82 yards and an interception in the bowl game, he did come off the bench to lead a 99-yard, game-winning drive against Arkansas during the regular season.

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As for Harris, he impressed during spring practice after enrolling early and actually threw for 195 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 77 yards and one touchdown in the spring game.

Still, Miles gave the nod to experience before this critical contest against Big Ten contender Wisconsin.

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Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports gave his opinion on the quarterback situation and whether LSU will play both competitors:

Of course, just because Jennings is going to start the game, that doesn't mean that Brandon Harris won't see the field. You have to think that if the competition during camp was close enough that it was just decided in the last week that Miles would consider using the four-star recruit should Jennings get off to a rough start.

Jennings will have his work cut out for him against the Badgers, who finished fifth in the nation against the run last year and sixth in scoring defense. However, they lost the majority of their front seven, including superstar linebacker Chris Borland, so there will be some new faces on that end of the field as well.

Jennings will certainly have the pressure on his shoulders considering LSU has College Football Playoff aspirations this season.