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by Lonn Phillips Sullivan @LonnPhillips
GARRETT NUSSMEIER (TEXAS) QB
MARCUS HIGH CAREER STATS:
8,160 PASSING YARDS
2,815 PASSING YARDS
3,788 Passing Yards
1,557 Passing Yards
This kid could be a freshman starter....
I know, I know, I know...that's a quarterback room 4 deep full of proven SEC winners (all) and multiple SEC & LSU record breakers (Myles & Max) ...it's crazy talk to suggest a freshman (coming off a hand injury) could slide right into debutant Offensive Coordinator Jake Peetz's offense and deliver just like that... right?
He's that good...and the strong belief around LSU HQ concerning their early enrollee quarterback (not to mention his longtime family friend relationship with Jake Peetz, an old buddy of his father's from their Alabama days) could propel him for a shot at the job. Nuss's talents will at least be on full display throughout Spring practices, far from relegated on the bench to wait out the results of Myles, Max & T.J's quarterback battle.
We'll see if he can out-duel Max or Myles for the gig... but at the same time, Nussmeier doesn't have to grab the starting QB job as a freshman for his legend to grow at LSU. After all, most analysts, fans and coaches would bet on 2022-2024 being his prime seasons of heathen born greatness within Death Valley.
A great number of those people would be blown away if Nussmeier started at QB for Week 1's trip to the Rose Bowl...I wouldn't be one of 'em.
Garrett has many strengths to go with few weaknesses, rocking a neckbreaking character, an ingenius footballing mind, body & soul, boundless / third eye vision, a strong inner faith in God, infinite potential & of course, Nussmeier's father Doug playing & coaching at the NFL or collegiate level has given him a strong classroom background.
But out of his entire on-field arsenal, I feel Garrett's two most untouchable footballing attributes have to be the Marcus High sniper's "Daunte Culpepper on steroids" arm strength or his uncanny play extension showmanship... dancing around, under or through defenders and running one into another as he belts a 60 yard bomb to Michael Sturdivant...this was a common scenario his Texas high school opponents know all too well.
Nussmeier is a prodigy who's innovation & improvisation is Burrow-esque and that's not an overstatement or barrelhouse hype...that's just how good he is.
He wants the Burrow comparisons, he welcomes it...after all, Joe is his favorite, perhaps the quarterback he studies most. If you believe Garrett's love for Burrow is just a post-title afterglow phase, watch his highlights, man...the young fire-breathing Tiger is a feast of opposition famine.
Just to highlight his importance:
This past year, Marcus High were enjoying a historic undefeated season, already at a towering 9-0. The Marauders were a team littered with top players and both eyes on a state championship...that was until Nussmeier broke his hand during the final game of the year vs Plano East (a 66-21 win), knocking him out for the year as well as his school from the playoffs only a game later (1st Round).
It was a cruel way for his high school career to end, watching his team on the sidelines and knowing inside "if I could only be out there...this game would be ours..."
Nussmeier will be carrying that feeling of vengeance into Spring practices...he will push the other upperclassmen quarterbacks to the brink for that role and they better be ready for it....he's geauxing to be thinking about that title for a while....
LET'S GEAUX 2021
by Lonn Phillips Sullivan
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