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Kragthorpe’s Top Duty – Fix LSU’s QB Situation

New LSU offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe met the media in Baton Rouge for the first time yesterday and the talk turned quickly to coaching quarterbacks.

“Coaching quarterbacks is about two things: You play with your feet and you play with your head,” Kragthorpe said.  “You’ve got to be able to make quick decisions with your head, put the ball where it’s supposed to be put, get the ball in the playmakers’ hands.  And the other thing is you’ve got to be able to make and manufacture some offense.”

In spring practice, returning seniors Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee will be joined by juco transfer (and former Georgia Bulldog) Zach Mettenberger in the QB race.  Tiger fans are excited about the arrival of Mettenberger, but Kragthorpe had good things to say about last year’s starter, Jefferson.

“He’s got a lot of ability.  The first thing I looked at was his ability to keep plays alive and make plays with his feet.  There were huge plays that were critical with the game in the balance.  He got first downs that kept drives alive.  That’s one of the things we talk about with the quarterbacks — keep the drive alive, get another set of downs.  Put yourself in position to keep the drive going.”

Kragthorpe said the competition for the starting job would be wide open, but it sounds like Jefferson’s feet and legs might give him the early edge over Mettenberger’s arm.  That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll hold that edge, mind you.

“I tell people all the time, ‘If you want seniority, join the Army.  If you want to play with the best players, go to LSU.’”

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