Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Miles: Jefferson poised for best season
By Chris Low
Until Jordan Jefferson does it in games and does it consistently in games, the jury will remain out on LSU’s quarterback situation this season.
LSU coach Les Miles understands that many will have to see it from Jefferson before believing that he’s a quarterback who can lead the Tigers to a championship.
But Miles has seen it, albeit in the spring, and is as confident as ever that Jefferson is poised for a big season.
“I think he will have his best season,” Miles said. “There’s something about a senior season. That’s when a guy usually plays his best football and proves who he really is.
“Jordan is ready to play his best football.”
Miles’ optimism stems from not only seeing Jefferson become a more productive passer in the spring, but how much better Jefferson became fundamentally.
Miles said Jefferson soaked up everything first-year offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe taught him.
“Jordan was looking for that edge. He knew he couldn’t stand on last season, and Steve is a very confident teacher,” Miles said. “He’s excellent when it comes to mechanics, and it was obvious how much better Jordan got in that area.
“Steve has a way of melting it all down so that there’s a comfortable understanding of what the quarterback needs to do. Again, with Jordan being a senior, he wanted as much of that coaching as he could possibly get.”
Jefferson went seven consecutive games without a touchdown pass last season and threw seven interceptions during that stretch. But he finished on a high note against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, giving him something to build on going into the offseason.
"And then in the spring, it was obvious that he was better, and now, we think he'll just keep getting better," Miles said. "The other thing is that everybody around him has recognized that he's playing better."