Weekend Watch List: Hatch’s job? Just don’t screw it up at LSU

Harvard coach Tim Murphy has been inundated by the media and Yale week is still months away. The subject: A junior varsity quarterback from 2005 who never saw the field for the Crimson.
“I’ve gotten a few calls,” Murphy said.
That’s an understatement considering that once-faceless J.V. quarterback might be the face of LSU on Saturday, starting for the Tigers when they open defense of their 2007 national championship.

Actually, there isn’t much choice for LSU coach Les Miles, who had withheld the name of his starter against Appalachian State at least through Friday. Andrew Hatch has the most “experience” among his quarterbacks — two passes in mop-up duty last season.
What seems like a Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland movie from the 1940s (A Harvard Man in Dixie) is reality. If Hatch doesn’t start, the sophomore will at least play — a lot. His competition is redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee and true freshman Jordan Jefferson. Neither has played a snap.
“What people have to understand down in LSU is that the kid (Hatch) has never taken any legitimate snaps in a varsity game,” Murphy said. “They’ve got to cut him a little bit of slack.”
Doubtful at LSU, where it’s all about the W’s. Tiger baiters aren’t going to let a little thing like quarterback slow their expectations. Excluding that position, the Tigers are solid-to-loaded at every other spot. Plus, it has won two national championships this decade with less-than-athletic quarterbacks (Matt Mauck and Matt Flynn).

sportsline.com
8/29/08