Jacques Talk: Jarrett Lee is hard to dislike
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - First and foremost, be sure to tune in to our sportscast tonight at 6 p.m. After endless questions about Zach Mettenberger, the Oregon Ducks and Les Miles eating grass…there were plenty of light-hearted moments at LSU Football Media Day Tuesday.
We'll show you plenty of those funny moments, as you'll see the Tigers are certainly very entertaining people off the gridiron as well.
Leading the way with the humor, is LSU senior quarterback Jarrett Lee. I'll have to admit, I was one of the many who felt Lee would've transferred a long time ago. But, here's a guy who's experienced the ultimate lows, along with some of the ultimate lows…and he's stuck around.
We've covered Lee throwing a "pick-6" on the first play of the game against Georgia in 2008…to him leading a thrilling, game-winning drive in "The Swamp" against the Florida Gators last season. We've watched No. 12 be unable to complete a pass and the LSU offense suffer punt after punt against lowly Louisiana Tech in 2009…to him uncorking a beautiful bomb to Reuben Randle late in the contest to wrap up a huge victory against Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide last November.
I thought of Lee the other day returning from SEC Media Days in Hoover. Near the Louisiana state line, my back tire shredded on the interstate. Those of you that have been there know there are few feelings worse than being stranded on the side of a roaring highway and feeling like a sitting duck. The good news was I had a an old, dirty, yet very reliable spare tire on the back of the vehicle. Thank God for that spare…because it got me home, just before the rains poured from the sky and the sun set.
Jarrett Lee isn't dirty…but in many ways he's that spare tire. Because last year, the LSU offense experienced a few blowouts on their ride, yet they had a reliable Lee ready to slap on. The Tigers would not have defeated Florida or Tennessee without his services last season. It was Lee that completed the 4th and long pass to Terrance Toliver on LSU's final-play victory against the Vols, remember?
So once again…it's another quarterback besides Lee getting all the press. In comes junior college hotshot Mettenberger. Certainly, he was destined to quickly push Lee out of sight and out of mind. But you know what? It hasn't happened. Head coach Les Miles continues to say Lee is the backup. He's kept the hyped Mettenberger at bay.
If the past is any indicator of the future…then LSU fans should be happy this polite, courteous kid has stuck around. Because the odds tell us the Tigers will need Lee again. There will be some tight spot, some high-pressure situation in which Jordan Jefferson is not in the game for some reason. And Lee will be called upon to be that invaluable spare tire again.
You can't help but like this guy...and not just because his favorite band is Van Halen.
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