Brandon Harris announces he will transfer from LSU

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.

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.”

With Harris gone, it’s almost certain Etling will remain the starter. The senior-to-be completed 60 percent of his passes in 2016 for 2,123 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. The former Purdue transfer finished the season with a bang, averaging nearly 250 yards on 60 percent passing over his last three games, with four touchdowns to a single interception.
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