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BATON ROUGE – The fans are not the only ones who are anxious to learn who will be LSU’s starting quarterback this season.

Tailback Charles Scott, who has been practicing with sophomore Andrew Hatch and red-shirt freshman Jarrett Lee for all of four days now, is ready to see the suspense ceased.

“I say as soon as you can,” he said Thursday after the morning practice for veterans. “Right now, you can’t just point at one guy because they’re both competing. They’re doing great at practice, but we need to find out who our quarterback is pretty soon.”

There has not been real competition for the quarterback position at LSU since 2004 when senior Marcus Randall and red-shirt freshman JaMarcus Russell went at it throughout the pre-season and regular season. Then Russell was never threatened by Matt Flynn throughout 2005 and 2006 before becoming the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Scott did not declare a favorite at the moment.

“Whoever coach decides to put in there, I feel like he’s going to step up and do the job,” Scott said. “Of course, he’s going to be somebody young so you can expect mistakes. But we’re going to stick by him.”

Scott has not practiced with true freshman Jordan Jefferson, whom coach Les Miles continues to say will play. A true freshman has not played quarterback at LSU since Herb Tyler in 1995.

Jefferson, who has been working with the other freshmen in the afternoon workouts, appears to have the best arm of the three quarterbacks. Asked if

Jefferson continues to impress, Miles said, “Yeah, I think we’ll really,” but didn’t finish the sentence.

“I think he’s capable,” Miles said after re-starting. “I think he’s a guy that’s going to have to take snaps for us.”

Asked if those snaps would be in games other than early-season match-ups against Appalachian State, Troy and North Texas, Miles pointedly said, “I think that we’re talking about taking snaps to win games, to play for victory. I don’t know exactly who (which opponents) you have marked down that doesn’t count. For me, they all count.”

Hatch and Lee have never taken a varsity snap in a college game. Jefferson started only one complete season in high school.

The News Star
8/8/08