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LSU QB Brandon Harris Reportedly Received Death Threats After Season-Opening Loss

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris was benched in the team's second game, but that is not nearly the worst thing he's had to endure this season.

According to former LSU quarterback Jamie Howard, Brandon Harris and his family were the subject of death threats following LSU's opening loss to Wisconsin. Harris struggled in defeat that day, throwing a pair of interceptions including one in the game's final minute.

He was benched in favor of Danny Etling early in the Tigers' second game against Jacksonville State. Etling has since seized control of the job.

Howard, who has counseled the beleaguered QB this season, revealed the death threats during a radio interview today. The Advocate's Ross Dellenger has the details.

“I’ve tried to give him a little (advice) recently,” Howard said on ESPN 104.5 FM’s Culotta & The Prince morning show. “He was having a really hard time getting the death threats. That really shocked him.”

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“It shook him up when he got the death threats,” Howard said later in the radio interview. “The only advice I’ve given him is, ‘The truth of the mater is everybody’s going to be watching you from the stands, how you handle yourself while you’re on the bench and how you deal with Danny and the coaching staff, but all of those people don’t matter. The only people that matter is what your teammates see. If they need you to go back into the game at some point, they need to be confident in you and see that you’re confident.’

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages: college football is awesome, being a passionate fan is awesome. But what would possibly possess you to send death threats to a young man and his family over a sporting event?

Harris is a junior, so it will be interesting to see if he looks for a fresh start elsewhere at the end of the season. He'd have to sit out a year unless he transferred to the FCS level, but a change of scenery might be worth it at this point.

The 18th-ranked Tigers, with Etling at the helm, take on Auburn Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

[ CFB Talk ]