Anthony Jennings to transfer from LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU announced Thursday that quarterback Anthony Jennings intends to transfer after losing his starting job last year.

Jennings started 12 games as a sophomore in 2014. In all, he led the Tigers to a 9-4 record in 13 career starts, including LSU's Outback Bowl win over Iowa when he was a freshman playing in place of an injured Zach Mettenberger.

But Jennings lost the starting job to Brandon Harris last season. He ended up appearing in just two games and did not attempt a run or a pass.

"This is an opportunity for Anthony to put himself in a position to help another team have success," LSU coach Les Miles said in a release. "We wish him nothing but good fortune in the future and we appreciate all that he did while he was part of our program."

LSU said Jennings will remain at the university until he graduates this summer and then will transfer. Provided he completes his degree, he'd be eligible to play immediately under the graduate transfer rule.

The senior quarterback was not present for the media portion of either of LSU's first two spring practices.

Incumbent Harris will battle Purdue transfer Danny Etling and redshirt freshman Justin McMillan for playing time this spring. Signee Lindsey Scott will enter the competition this summer.

Jennings played as a change-of-pace quarterback behind Mettenberger in 2013, participating in nine games as a true freshman. After Mettenberger suffered a season-ending knee injury in the regular-season finale against Arkansas, Jennings took over and led the Tigers to a comeback victory. His 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural with 1:15 to play capped a 99-yard touchdown drive that gave LSU a memorable 31-27 win.

In 2014, the offense was inconsistent throughout the year. The Tigers ranked 114th in the FBS in passing offense (162.9 yards per game) and Jennings was 92nd nationally in Total Quarterback Rating (46.1). Jennings completed 48.9 percent of his passes that season for 1,611 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Jennings was one of three players arrested last June after police say they entered an apartment in an effort to retrieve items that Jennings had reported stolen from his residence. He was suspended by the team but never charged by police and was ultimately reinstated before training camp.

"Anthony did a lot of really good things for our program," Miles said. "As a freshman, he came in for an injured Zach Mettenberger and led us to a last-minute win over Arkansas and then he helped us to eight wins the following year as a sophomore."