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LSU QB Brandon Harris runs for a TD during 56 -27 win over Texas Tech in the Advocare Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. (Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire)

Les Miles didn’t want to ‘burden’ QB Brandon Harris with SEC Media Day

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LSU Tigers quarterback Brandon Harris was absent from SEC media days and the football-obsessed world took notice. There were questions of where Harris was and why he wasn’t brought to Hoover to represent the team. In an article from Saturday Down South, Miles said:

“We didn’t need to burden (Harris) with that,” was Miles’ response. Surely, the 20-year-old would have been under heavy fire as the quarterback of a LSU team that is looking to compete for a National Championship in 2016.

Running back, and early Heisman candidate, Leonard Fournette had his quarterback’s back, saying: “Everybody’s asking me about Brandon, I think he’s going to do a marvelous job this year, guys.”

In 12 games last season, Harris’ completion percentage left quite a lot to be desired (53.8 percent), but he did limit himself to just six interceptions, while tossing 13 touchdown passes. He undergoes a heavy level of scrutiny, but when the bell cow in the backfield is as transcendent a talent as Leonard Fournette, his primary job most likely should be just to hand the ball of and watch No. 7 bulldoze defenders.

After an exciting freshman campaign where he slung six touchdowns in just 45 pass attempts, LSU fans are hopeful that the junior year version of Harris can lead them not only to an SEC Championship, but a birth in the College Football Playoff as well. As good as Fournette is, the Tigers will need Harris if they’re to hoist any hardware in 2016.

Les Miles didn’t want to ‘burden’ QB Brandon Harris with SEC Media Day

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