Russell Shepard QB for LSU Tigers? Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Zacerry HerbertContributor INovember 1, 2010

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 04:  Head coach Les Miles, Jarrett Lee #12 and Russell Shepard #10 of the LSU Tigers sing the LSU Alma Mater after their 30-24 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Georgia Dome on September 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It's no secret that the LSU Tigers have been successful thus far solely because of their stellar defense and special teams. The LSU offense has been a major disappointment, especially at quarterback. 

The combination of Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee has been less than effective for the Tigers, and each week these quarterbacks fail to show significant progress. Even when LSU manages to move down the field successfully, it is not uncommon for one of the two QBs to make a costly turnover, negating the long drive.

Although Stevan Ridley has been successful running the ball for the Tigers, LSU still needs a solid QB if they plan on beating teams like Alabama and making their way to a BCS bowl.

It is starting to get late in the season, and LSU's next game against Alabama is a must-win if the Tigers want to keep their BCS hopes alive.  

The Tigers need a change at QB.

After a season and a half without throwing a pass and playing receiver for the Tigers, it just might be time to give Russell Shepard a shot at QB.

This may seem ridiculous, but Shepard is the former No. 1 on the ESPNU 150 a quarterback. I know that it is not uncommon for the most skilled athlete to play quarterback in high school, and it does not always translate to the next level, but Shepard was a quarterback at LSU his freshman year, meaning he has a year of coaching at the position under his belt.

After watching the QB play of Jefferson and Lee throughout this season, I doubt anyone can blame me for wanting a change. It would be hard for Shepard to make the LSU offense any worse than it already is.

The stat from the last game against Auburn that makes me cringe: Jordan Jefferson attempted 14 passes, and ended up with 46 yards and an interception, while backup running back Spencer Ware threw one pass for 39 yards and a TD.

Russell Shepard is an explosive weapon, and any time he touches the ball he could score. Putting the ball in his hands almost every play gives LSU a better chance at producing, rather than sticking with the lackluster performances of Lee and Jefferson.

At the very least, give Shepard a chance to throw the ball once or twice. He has a solid arm, and trick plays only seem to work in favor of LSU this season.

An idea as unorthodox as this could only work at LSU under the watchful eye of the "Mad Hatter" Les Miles.