If anything was learned from last Thursday’s football game against Tulane, it is that the coaching staff needs to make some dramatic improvements at the quarterback position.
Scotty Young started the game and could not connect with his receivers. Young only played the first half and was 9-28 in pass attempts for only 108 yards.
Ryan Higgins came in for the second half and looked just as bad, as he went 7-16 in pass attempts for 57 yards and one touchdown.
Higgins also had an interception and a fumble.
The only consistency between the two quarterbacks is they both look scared on every snap.
You could see they were looking to get the ball out of their hands as fast as possible.
Why not give Paul Harris a chance to take a few snaps?
The game against Tulane was Young’s third career start and was Higgins first time taking snaps in a game.
Harris is a transfer from Northwestern State with 14 starts under his belt and has played in 20 games total.
His composure and ability to move in the pocket, combined with a read-option offense featuring Kenneth Dixon and Tevin King, would be exciting to watch.
Everyone knows that the read-option scheme has been a success almost everywhere it has been implemented.
So why not give it a chance?
Throughout all of the practices, Harris is the only quarterback who has been able to consistently run the ball and move it down field in the process.
I will be the first to admit that Harris is a classmate and friend of mine, but I can look over that and see that he is a viable, if not better, option than what is currently in place.
Young and Higgins both looked good coming into the season, but they obviously are not prepared to carry the Bulldogs to victory on a consistent basis.
So why continue to play them?
Hopefully head coach Skip Holtz has realized that Young and Higgins are not ready.
This weekend’s game against Kansas will be the true test as to whether or not Holtz is willing to make a dramatic change to win the game or not.
In the post-game press conference after the Tulane game, he said he should have put Harris in and ran the package the offense has set up around him.
However, those are words, not actions.
Saying something and actually implementing it are two totally different things.
I want to see the Bulldogs win just as much, if not more, than the next fan.
I also want to see Skip Holtz be successful in Ruston, but that is not going to happen if he is not willing to make the changes that need to be made.
One of the biggest arguments against Harris is that every play would have to be flipped because he is left-handed.
To that I say, so what? If that is what it takes to make sure the Bulldogs enter the victory formation at the end of the game, then take the step.
Harris might not be the answer to the Bulldogs’ woes on the gridiron, but why not give him a try if there is a chance he may improve the team’s ability to win games?
Kaleb Causey is a senior political science and journalism major from Jonesboro. Email comments to ktc...@latech.edu.