Brandon Harris needs the change, LSU needs to move on

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Brandon Harris #6

It was an interesting comment from David Feaster.

The high school coach of LSU quarterback Brandon Harris, who announced this week that is transferring from LSU, is quoted in the Advocate as saying the following:

“The way Brandon was treated at LSU is going to have a huge effect on the recruitment of Parkway players and players around here.”

Since then, Feaster moderated is stance.

“LSU is welcomed at my school anytime,” said Feaster Wednesday to Baton Rouge radio station 104.5. Other public comments led to Feaster’s removal as Parkway High School’s head football coach Friday. He is likely on the move, and so is his former star quarterback.

Any notion that Brandon Harris was not treated fairly at LSU is, frankly, misguided.

Harris started 15 games at LSU, including 14 consecutive from the start of the 2015 season until he was benched in the second game of 2016.

Harris, who was recruited by a host of Power 5 schools, could never get his tremendous skills to translate to the field, for whatever reason.

In 2015, Harris completed 53.8 percent of his passes. One year later, he was down to even an 52 percent.

In four November games in 2015, Harris threw three touchdown passes and six interceptions.

With Danny Etling at quarterback, the LSU offense improved. He completed 60 percent of his passes, threw 11 for touchdowns and only tossed five interceptions.

Etling wasn’t great, but he was efficient.

In the meantime, I can’t think of one person in Louisiana who follows LSU football that isn’t rooting for Brandon Harris to succeed.

When Harris entered a late season game in mop up duty, he was treated to a nice round of applause.

I believe Harris has made the right decision. He needs to move and so does LSU.

His decision mirrors that of Anthony Jennings, who graduated last spring and transferred to UL-Lafayette. Jennings earned the starting job and helped the Cajuns to the New Orleans Bowl.

In 2017, Danny Etling will likely be your starting quarterback, with Justin McMillan in reserve.
Freshman Lowell Narcisse of St. James enrolled in January, and freshman Myles Brennan will arrive in June.

Also, LSU will continue to recruit quarterbacks nationally for the class of 2018.

Maybe, Brandon Harris would have benefited greatly from the offensive changes made after the dismissal of head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

But, Harris had his chance. For whatever reason, it didn’t work.

An entire season and two games is more than a fair sample.

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Ed is a New Orleans native, born at Baptist Hospital. He graduated Rummel High School, class of 1975, and subsequently graduated from Loyola University. Ed started in TV in 1977 as first sports intern at WVUE Channel 8. He became Sports Director at KPLC TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles in 1980. In 1982 he was hired as sports reporter at Channel 6. 1983 saw him promoted to Weekend Sports Anchor. He eventually joined WGNO TV as a freelancer in 1991, becoming a full time in employee in January of 1993. The sports director at WGNO TV since 1992, Ed…

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