If you follow college football in the slightest you know that the LSU Tigers lost their starting quarterback, Zach Mettenberger, to a torn ACL in their regular season finale. However, their back up QB, Anthony Jennings, led the Tigers on a game winning drive against the Arkansas Razorbacks after Mettenberger left with his injury.
So, what should the Iowa Hawkeyes expect from Anthony Jennings?
Jennings is a true freshman that spent most of the season sitting behind Zach Mettenberger. He’s got a big arm and has the ability to sling the ball down the field. However, he also has the ability to make plays with his feet. If they pocket breaks down and he sees some space, there is no doubt that he will be taking off.
One things I noticed from Jennings is, he has good footwork in the pocket. His ability to roll out and still make accurate passes is good. LSU only used Jennings in short yarded situations this year because of their senior Mettenberger.
This is unfortunate for Iowa because they won’t have a lot of tape on Jennings. His big, accurate arm, allows him to change the target spot of the ball and his receivers are so talented and athletic that they are able to adjust to where Jennings wants to put the pigskin.
I expect Iowa to use a spy on most plays for Jennings. Iowa has struggled in the past with mobile quarterbacks. I am in no way comparing Jennings to Braxton Miller, but he’s the mobile quarterback that comes to mind when you think about the one’s Iowa faced this year. Iowa allowed Miller to run for over 100 yards in their game.
I also expect LSU to be just fine seeing as Jennings will have about a month to get first team reps and get adjusted to his new role as the starter for the Tigers.