With another big road win against a very good 15th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineer team, LSU is poised to continue its run deep into the season, toward a monster matchup against Alabama. The winner of that game will probably be heading to a BCS National Championship game.
Let's get one thing straight. Even if JJ was innocent of any legal issues, he still broke team rules.
In Jefferson's place comes the well-respected, selfless kid from Texas, Jarrett Lee. Lee has proven to be LSU's best QB this season and gives them the best option to win every game.
Need proof? How about a few major facts.
- Lee has thrown for a better completion percentage this year than JJ ever has.
- Lee has thrown for a better TD vs. INT ratio this season than JJ ever has (in fact, Lee has thrown for more TDs in three-and-a-half games, against tougher competition, than JJ threw all of the regular season last year).
- Lee has thrown for more yards per game this season than JJ did last season and, again, Lee has done this against much tougher teams.
- Not to mention the things stats don't show, like better time management, pass decisions and team leadership.
I'm going to give Les Miles credit in advance to say that, while he may welcome Jefferson back to the team, I don't think he could return JJ to the starting position as long as Lee keeps the Tigers winning—but I wouldn't say it's impossible.
Thankfully, there is something about loyalty that Miles has always honored regarding role players, and Lee has done nothing to show he shouldn't be the one Les keeps as the Tigers starting QB.
Lee has waited his turn, earned his spot and will continue to be the starting QB at LSU this season...I hope.