By CODY WORSHAM | Tiger Rag Editor
Brandon Harris’ days in purple and gold are through.
The third-year quarterback from Bossier City, La. announced Monday via Twitter he would be transferring from LSU.
Harris leaves LSU with 2,756 career passing yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He started every game of the 2015 season for the Tigers, completing 149 of 227 passes (53.8 percent) for 2,165 yards, with 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
The incumbent starter entering the 2016 season, Harris lost his job to backup Danny Etling after five quarters, during which he completed just 13 of 25 passes for 139 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
Harris will hope to graduate this summer and be immediately eligible at another FBS school as a graduate transfer, similar to the path taken by ex-LSU and current TCU wide receiver John Diarse. He could also transfer to an FCS school and be immediately eligible, whether or not he graduates from LSU.
The departure of Harris leaves LSU with five current scholarship quarterbacks: Etling, a senior; redshirt sophomore Justin McMillan; redshirt freshman Lindsey Scott; and true freshmen Lowell Narcisee, an early enrollee, and Myles Brennan.
Wild stat: With Brandon Harris announcing his departure, LSU has had only one QB who has stayed all four years since 2008 (Jordan Jefferson) pic.twitter.com/rc5bDWChY9
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) February 13, 2017
Incoming LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada said on ESPNU during broadcast of National Signing Day that the quarterback job was up for grabs this spring.
“It’s a wide-open spot,” he said. “You come in with a new coach, it’s a clean slate.”