LSU Football: Jarrett Lee, Saviour of the Fighting Tigers

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIAugust 26, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Jarrett Lee #12 of the Louisiana State University Tigers throws a pass against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Tiger Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Since Jordan Jefferson's been suspended indefinitely after getting arrested for his part in a bar fight in Baton Rouge a number of days ago, Jarrett Lee will be back at quarterback for the Tigers for the showdown with the Oregon Ducks next week.

While we'd love to laugh at Les Miles' decision to put the senior in behind the huddle, bearing in mind he's ahead of Zach Mettenberger, SEC writer Chris Low reminds us that this Lee might not be that bad.

He reminds us that Lee was the quarterback who threw the winning touchdown at Florida in the best game of 2010 (or was it the one that gave us the most pleasure?). He reminds us that it was Lee who threw the bullet that stomped on Alabama in one of the other best games of 2010 (even LSU haters can admit that their 2010 season was fun).

Although, I would argue with Low on this point. We still don't think he's a great quarterback.

In his first full year at LSU, he had a mighty 13 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. In 2009 and 2010, he didn't start and ended up with 2-1, 2-1 touchdown to interception ratio.

We don't think he'll be the solution against Oregon, either, even though Cliff Harris is suspended because of his own issues.

But today, we'll give him a break. Look away, Gator fans...

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Jarrett Lee #12 of the LSU Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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