HOUSTON, TX (WVUE) - Following an emotional regular season finale against Texas A&M when LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said that Les Miles would remain the head football coach, it presumably came with the agreement that change would come to the Tigers' stagnant offense.
We saw the first steps of improvement Tuesday night against Texas Tech as LSU set a season-high mark with 638 yards of total offense.
"I think this is the right turn," Miles said. "I think you can see the program itself being manned by really quality young men."
There's no doubt one of those quality young men he speaks of wears number seven. LSU running back Leonard Fournette said the players met separately from the coaches during bowl game preparation for extra practice to send the seniors out the right way.
But maybe the biggest difference maker in terms of offensive production is offensive coordinator Cam Cameron moving from the booth above the field to coach on the sideline.
"To be very honest with you, Brandon Harris kind of asked for it," Miles said.
After a November not to remember, whatever Harris asks for to improve, he should get.
"What we needed to have happen in this game to improve is we needed to have our quarterback play," Miles said. "I think our quarterback played extremely well. Well, I shouldn't say extremely well, but he took a stride certainly."
It's progress, and that's what everyone's been asking to see. There's still a consistency factor that could take Harris to the next level. If the Tigers could complete passes in-between their current standard of check downs and "YOLO balls" deep down the field it would certainly help. I'd expect that's the next step in his development as Harris enters his junior season.
Besides, if Leonard Fournette, who continues to re-write record books (22 touchdowns this season), continues to get better, it'll be hard for the Tigers not to once again be in the national championship picture in 2016.