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Les Miles: We're going to be better at quarterback

HOUSTON -- Preseason quarterback competitions are common sources of intrigue and at LSU it is no different. Wherever Les Miles goes, the question of who his quarterback will be or when he will choose said quarterback follows.

While there is no clear-cut answer between junior Anthony Jennings and sophomore Brandon Harris at the moment, Miles also noted that he's in no rush to name a starter for the 2015 season.

"I give myself no parameters there," Miles said Wednesday before a "Tiger Tour" stop in Houston. "You'd like to make the decision as soon as you could but you get to the point where both quarterbacks look very similar, both quarterbacks are competing very well ... I think we'll wait to make those determinations."

What Miles did see this spring was improved play from both players. Jennings and Harris have a fuller grasp of the LSU offense and Miles sounded optimistic about their futures, no matter who wins the job.

"There's no question that both guys are much improved," Miles said. "What we would expect and how we would see their performances is just at a much higher level. We're going to be better at quarterback."

Ideally, Miles would prefer one of the two quarterbacks makes the decision easy for the coaching staff by separating himself from his competitor via his performance. If it doesn't work out that way, Miles is open to a more flexible approach.

"I would like to have a starter," Miles said Wednesday on the SEC West coaches teleconference. "I would like to have 'the' guy. I could also see a time where you have a necessity to play them both. I would like to see those guys going into fall camp, one separate themselves from the other and be a clear-cut decision. That being said, if that does not happen, you can't make it happen, we'll end up playing that guy that we feels like is the best for our team."

In 2014, Jennings played in all 13 LSU games and started 12, throwing for 1,611 yards and 11 touchdowns with seven interceptions while completing 48.9 percent of his passes. Harris started one game, appeared in eight and threw for 452 yards and six touchdowns with two interceptions and a 55.6 completion rate.

Miles feels the competition between the two is tight. What happens next remains to be seen, but he's confident they'll improve in 2015.

"I think there's a real closeness," Miles said. "I don't think one guy has separated himself from the other. And both guys are playing much better."