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2013 Blitz: #10 Anthony Jennings

LSU is 77 days away from the start of fall camp and Geaux247 will break down the 85-man roster in numerical order along with a few select walk-ons to get you to the beginning of camp.

Today, we take a look at true freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings.

#10 Anthony Jennings

Coming out of High School: 247Sports tabbed Jennings the No. 16 Pro-style signal caller in the country in the 2013 class, and he checked in at No. 14 in the 247Composite.

Jennings, who was a consensus four-star prospect, landed offers from numerous schools from around the country including Oregon, Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, and several others.

In the end, it came down to the Tigers and Oregon with LSU coming out on top.

Jennings ended his senior season at Marietta (Ga.) with more than 1,700 yards passing and 17 touchdowns through the air to go with more than 500 on the ground and eight more scores.

The production was down a bit from his junior campaign when he threw for 2,046 yards and 19 touchdowns, and added 647 yards and eight scores with his legs.

Still, LSU landed what many deemed the top quarterback class in 2013. And Jennings has already proved he will be someone to contend with at LSU for years to come.

What we expect to see in 2013: When Jennings enrolled at LSU in January in time for spring ball few expected big things from the true freshman.

However, after just 15 spring practices, Jennings has already made his presence felt and will battle Stephen Rivers in fall camp for the No. 2 spot behind Zach Mettenberger.

In four scrimmage situations where stats were kept in the spring, Jennings completed 25-of-52 passes for 268 yards. He also showed that he can make plays with his feet when things break down in the pocket, unlike Mettenberger or Rivers. That is an element that he brings to the Tiger offense.

From talking to sources, Cam Cameron and Jennings have forged quite a bond early on, and much is due to Jennings’ work ethic on the field and also in the film room. You hear of a player being a sponge where he soaks everything in. Sometimes that is overused. But in this case, it can’t be emphasized enough by those same sources.

Les Miles has hinted several times that Jennings will see the field in 2013, and based on how the spring ended that is what most expect.

Topic for Debate: There isn’t a battle for the starting spot as Mettenberger has a firm grasp on that. However, there is a race for No. 2 in case Mettenberger goes down with injury, or if the Tigers need a shot in the arm and Mettenberger is struggling.

Most felt that Rivers would be that guy prior to the spring. Now, Jennings is the name that gets tossed around more frequently.

With more time in the playbook and film room, I think Jennings creates a little more separation by the time the season rolls around and gets the nod if LSU needs him.

Who do you see being No. 2 heading into 2013?

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