College Football News April 17: LSU QB Situation

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Friday’s college football headlines tackle the dire LSU QB situation, which takes center stage in the Tigers’ spring game Saturday. Wisconsin is also scrimmaging this weekend, as the Badgers’ process of Melvin Gordon moves forward.

LSU Spring Game: Five Things to Watch, David Ching, ESPN.com

LSU hosts its National L-Club Game Saturday afternoon, and all eyes will be on the quarterback battle that persisted throughout the Bayou Bengals’ 2014 campaign, and spills into the 2015 offseason. Ching summarizes what makes the LSU QB situation so significant:

Might as well get this one out of the way first since it is the storyline that likely will dwarf all others. There’s no polite way to say it: Either Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris will develop into an effective SEC quarterback or LSU won’t be a legitimate contender in the SEC championship chase.

LSU QB play has been consistently inconsistent in Les Miles’ tenure — so much so that it elicited comment from Louisiana legend Terry Bradshaw. Per ArkLaTexHomepage.com, Bradshaw told Brandon Harris, “You’re not going to learn a lot about throwing the football at LSU, I’m sorry.”

Les Miles responded via NOLA.com, saying: “Opinions are all worthy. It’s just that we – we – have to make those decisions. It’s our responsibility to win games.” Hardly seems like a ringing endorsement of Harris.

The hire of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was, in part, meant to address the LSU QB issue. However, last season was one of the Tigers’ most dire. Harris and Jennings combined to throw nine interceptions with just 17 touchdowns and a combined 2,063 yards.

Jason Smith Gives Auburn A Versatile Playmaker, John Zenor/Associated Press

Jason Smith is transitioning away from playing quarterback and working to be Auburn’s next standout wide receiver. Interestingly enough, the move was Smith’s suggestion. He told the Associated Press:

“I always had that in the back of my head if things got a little hectic at the quarterback spot,” he said. “You have to worry about a lot of stuff at quarterback. I didn’t see anything wrong with moving to receiver at all. I think I will help the team that way.”

Auburn has a quarterback competition ongoing between Jeremy Johnson and Sean White, but needs help in the wide receiving corps.

Speedy Serge Trezy Getting A Chance to Run the Ball for Wisconsin, Jesse Temple/Fox Sports Wisconsin

With Heisman Trophy finalist running back Melvin Gordon headed to the NFL, new Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst has a substantial void to fill on the offensive end. The Badgers return Corey Clement, a steady contributor behind Gordon, but Chryst is giving others a shot at helping shoulder the load.

Among those getting an opportunity is JUCO transfer Serge Trezy, a fleet-footed cornerback getting reps at running back.

Arkansas State to Hold Presser Introducing Coach Experience Winner Angie Gallaher, AStateRedwolves.com

Arkansas State’s Coaching Experience auction, which allows a fan to bid on coaching duties in the Redwolves’ spring game, produced Div. I football’s first woman as a coach. Angie Gallaher’s $8,700 bid netted her duties for Arkansas State’s intrasquad scrimmage Friday, and the university is introducing her in a formal press conference Friday at 11 a.m. CT.

Spring games are largely fan experiences as is, so Arkansas State taking the concept a step further is great. It’s not just for the fans, though — Arkansas State football benefits from the national exposure, too.

Notre Dame and Texas Set Week 1 Kickoff for Prime Time

Set your Week 1 schedule accordingly, as one of opening weekend’s marquee matchups is slated for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff. UHND.com notes that in Notre Dame’s four years of playing games under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium, only USC or Michigan were the opponents. Texas is in rare company.