Meet Jarrett Lee

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IOctober 21, 2008

Jarrett Lee (No. 12, above) is LSU's starter. Coach Les Miles may tell you differently, but for now, Lee is the starter.

Lee comes from the Lone Star State. Texas, which has been the home of another recent LSU quarterback, Matt Flynn, who led the Tigers to the BCS National Championship Game in his senior year.

Last year, Lee was the third quarterback, behind Matt Flynn, and redshirted sophomore Ryan Perriloux. All three of these players were highly recruited coming out of high school. Lee redshirted the 2007 season, so he is now considered a redshirt freshman, though he is only 19 years old.

Perriloux was going to be the starter this year; Lee and Andrew Hatch were going to be his backups and learn how to play the quarterback position in the SEC.  But, Perriloux was kicked off of the team, resulting in Lee and Hatch competing for the quarterback position.

Lee is considered highly talented and has already helped LSU win two close game—one against Auburn and another against South Carolina. He has thrown a few interceptions, at least two of which were returned for touchdowns, but coming from a young quarterback, that can be expected.

In his career at Brenham High School (Brenham, Tx.), Lee broke every major season and career passing record at that high school. There, he threw for 6,096 yards and 70 touchdowns.

Lee had between 30 and 35 offers from Division I schools for his services, including intense interest from such football programs as Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Mississippi, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Kansas State and Oklahoma.

LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher left LSU before the season started and headed for Florida State and Lee did not change his decision. The new offensive coordinator, Gary Crowton, paid Lee a visit just to be sure that he still wanted to be an LSU Tiger.

Many LSU fans have big expectations for Lee's career. Some are even calling him a future NFL quarterback and many expect for LSU to be back in the national championship game in the near future, maybe even this year.

He has a few talented receivers such as Demetrius Byrd, Brandon LaFell, Richard Dickson, and a talented running back in Charles Scott. One thing is for sure, if Lee lives up to the expectations of the LSU fans, he will be a great quarterback for a few years to come.