LSU’s coaching staff attempted to quiet the rumbling Monday that a switch at the quarterback position could be coming in Baton Rouge.
Tigers head coach Les Miles in his media gathering yesterday named junior Jordan Jefferson as the starting quarterback for Saturday night’s contest against Mississippi State (6 p.m., ESPNU).
“I think Jordan Jefferson has run this team and can run this team, and whatever we can do to make him more aggressive playing quarterback for us is what we are going to do,” Miles said. “We also like the improvements that (junior backup) Jarrett Lee has made, and certainly he is a very strong consideration, but first I want you to know that I want to see if we can get Jordan on track.”
Last Saturday Jefferson was only 8-of-20 for 96 yards and an interception against Vanderbilt and Miles left open the idea of giving Lee more snaps.
“We’re going to continue to evaluate our quarterback situation, and frankly we’re going to expect more out of the position,” Miles said. “I think both those guys can give it to us. I think (Jordan) Jefferson definitely can, and we’re going to encourage (Jarrett) Lee because he’s a guy who’s going to have to win games for us as we go forward.”
During his redshirt-freshman season two years ago, Lee was handed the starter duties against Mississippi State in late September and preceded to complete 18-of-27 passes for 261 yards along with two touchdowns on his way to being named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week.
When he met they reporters Monday, Mullen and MSU defensive coordinator Manny Diaz gave the impression that the Bulldogs coaching staff were under the impression Jefferson would be the guy anyway but have seen film on both signal callers.
“They’ve established an identity through the years but when you look at the body of work of Jefferson, we expect to see him,” Diaz said. “He’s done a lot of good things there.”