Here’s a riddle for LSU fans: Can you know who the starting quarterback for the 2016 season will be before you even know who will start the 2015 campaign? It might be possible, given the juxtaposition between the two men fighting for the job on campus and the passer waiting in the wings as a high school senior.
The passer winging the touchdown you see above is one Feleipe Franks, a 6-foot-5 (some call it 6-foot-6) picture perfect quarterback specimen Wakulla High in Florida, even with his team’s deceptively one-sided 42-14 loss on ESPN in its season opener. He’s a verbal pledge to LSU, which is notable considering the men who are in front of him.
The battle for the starting quarterback berth in Death Valley rages on between Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings. Harris appears to be in the driver’s seat to start, though that may be in part due to the time Jennings missed over the summer following an arrest. Neither is blowing anyone out of the water.
Which leaves things perfectly open for Franks to come in and steal the job in 2016. And hey, if Franks can’t start at QB, he’s shown an ability to connect on extra points and field goals, too. So maybe there’s a future there? Versatility is always a gift.