LSU Tiger fans should be happy with being 5 and 0, but LSU’s quarterback Jordan Jefferson is feeling a lot of heat from the fanbase and coach Les Miles is very much aware of it.
In mid-September, he spoke out about it.
“Our quarterback play has to get better,” Miles said. “Whatever we can do to make Jordan more aggressive. We just want him to play, have some fun, smile, do some things he’s more comfortable with, simplify things maybe and let him have input. We need to just let him play.”
Jefferson started against Tennessee, but fellow junior Jarrett Lee, finished the game.
The main reason was after the Volunteers’ Janzen Jackson intercepted a Jefferson pass, the night was pretty much over for the junior dual-threat quarterback.
Miles had enough and reluctantly pulled Jefferson, and the LSU fanbase rejoiced.
However, Jefferson did provide a great highlight going 83 yards of a touchdown run during the first offensive series of the game which gave LSU at 7-0 lead.
But sometimes in college football, its about ‘what have you done for me lately’.
One can see why the fanbase and some in the media are openly critical of Jefferson remaining the starter.
Jefferson is not putting up the numbers of a Denard Robinson, Cam Newton or Terrell Pryor and that’s part of the problem.
Besides an opening week win at North Carolina who was totally depleted due to suspensions, Jefferson has not managed to throw for 100 yards in a game since the opening weekend .
After a 10 for 22, 75 yard performance by Jefferson against West Virginia, the chorus of boos from media and fanbase became unbearable.
Miles decided on a two-quarterback system that included both Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson.
Lee put together a respectable performance and completed 16 of 23 passes for 185 yards. Lee managed to convert on a pass to Terrence Toliver on third-and-13 and once again on fourth-and-14 to keep the chains moving on the last offensive drive.
Tennessee late game substitution error allowed LSU to score the winning touchdown and stay undefeated along with providing a temporary reprieve for the embattled 20-year old junior quarterback who is likely to have less playing time at quarterback for the immediate future in favor of Lee..
“I don’t know that we could play any sloppier. I don’t know that we could have planned it any more poorly,” Miles said. “We’re a very talented team. I don’t think we played near to our capacity. The series of downs on the back end of that game was embarrassing to me.”
Even though the game was sloppy at the end, Jarrett Lee was very appreciative of the opportunity to play more.
“When your opportunity comes, you need to make the most of it,” said Lee. “We have playmakers, and we just need to get them the ball. Our coaches had a great game plan, and I just had to get them the ball.”