By Tiger Rag News Services
LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns head football coach Mark Hudspeth announced on Thursday that former LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings signed a grant-in-aid to play for the Ragin’ Cajuns in the 2016 season.
Jennings, who will have one season of eligibility remaining, played in 24 games with 13 starts in three seasons at LSU. During his career, Jennings posted a 9-4 record as a starting quarterback with four fourth-quarter comebacks.
“We are excited about Anthony joining our program and competing for the starting quarterback position this fall,” Hudspeth said. “He has been a starting quarterback in the SEC and he led his team to nine wins. Being a senior, he will bring a wealth of experience to the position.”
Jennings started in 12 games in 2014, completing 111-of-227 passes for 1,611 yards and 11 TDs. He added 292 yards on the ground during the season and directed LSU to fourth-quarter comebacks against Wisconsin, Florida and Ole Miss. Jennings rushed for a career-best 119 yards in a Thanksgiving Night win over Texas A&M, becoming the seventh quarterback in school history to rush for 100 yards in a game.
He opened season throwing for a career-best 239 yards and two TDs in a comeback win over 14th-ranked Wisconsin in Houston. Jennings tossed a career-best three touchdown passes a week later in a win over Sam Houston State, firing a 94-yard TD to Travin Dural on LSU’s first play from scrimmage.
After coming off the bench in an SEC game against Auburn, Jennings returned as LSU’s starter the following week against Florida and accounted for 73 of his 110 passing yards during the fourth quarter as the Tigers rallied for a 30-27 win over Florida in Gainesville.
He added 142 yards passing and a TD in a 10-7 win over third-ranked Ole Miss and closed the season with 151 passing yards and a 75-yard TD strike to John Diarse against Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl.
Jennings earned his first career start against Iowa in the Outback Bowl, passing for 181 yards and a touchdown in a 21-14 victory.
A consensus four-star prospect by all of the major recruiting websites, Jennings was named the named the MVP of the Elite 11 Atlanta Region over 86 quarterbacks from 19 states. He earned Georgia Sportswriters Association first-team all-state honors as an athlete his junior season and Atlanta Journal Constitution honorable-mention all-state honors as a quarterback his senior season.
Jennings was rated as the fifth-best dual-threat quarterback by Rivals.com and the eighth-best by ESPN.com. He passed for 2,187 yards and 19 touchdowns through the air and 500 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground his junior campaign.