ESPN’s College Football Live is running a series called The Next Great QB’s in College Football. Today they featured 2013 LSU commit Anthony Jennings out of Marietta, GA.
Tweeted Jennings: “I really can’t believe I was on College Football Live.”
Jennings stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 200 pounds, and is listed as a four-star dual-threat quarterback.
Jennings exhibited SEC-caliber toughness in playing and excelling his entire junior year with a torn miniscus. ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer likes his toughness and said watching tape you would ever know that he was hurt.
Dilfer also said Jennings is a dynamic athlete, a poised passer that looks to throw first and run second.
ESPN college football analyst and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Andre Ware said, “He is a quarterback if there ever was one.” He likes Jennings’ release point, footwork, and placement of the football. Given LSU’s quarterback depth chart, however, he said Jennings will probably redshirt.
Currently No. 1 on that chart is junior Zach Mettenberger, who is about to enter his first season as starting quarterback for the Tigers. But if Mettenberger shines this year as expected, he may turn pro, leaving redshirt sophomores Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randall as possible replacements. But they have not yet shown that they are ready for SEC football, which may leave the door open for a true freshman of Jennings’ caliber to start.
Jennings’ stiffest competition for the starting job as a true freshman may be fellow four-star recruit Hayden Rettig from California. Given LSU Coach Les Miles’ penchant for playing multiple quarterbacks, however, look for two of these four to see significant playing time if Mettenberger does in fact turn pro early.
Of course the best scenario would be for Mettenberger to return so that both Rettig and Jennings can redshirt as Ware suggested.