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by LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
GARRETT NUSSMEIER (MARCUS HIGH)
7-0 undefeated record
2,342 Yards Passing
70.5% Completion Percentage
3,788 Passing Yards
1,557 Passing Yards
As the chief orchestrator for the 7-0 Marcus High Marauders, Nussmeier was commanding and ruthless once again during Friday's annihilation of Plano West.
Following his 433 yards & 4 TD revelry vs Coppell, Nussmeier went above and beyond last night for his greatest outing yet: issuing 349 yards, 3 TDs & completing 19 of his 22 passes for 257 yards during Marcus High's blistering first half (0 interceptions), LSU fans better get ready for this young man's biblical arrival.
At the same time, Nussmeier showed some over-ambitious play in the pocket, over-extending plays too long, holding on to the football and backing himself into the outer reaches of the backfield. Due to this stunning self-belief, Nuss found himself on the receiving end of 3 early sacks from Plano West's hungry defense, 2 from Monsoor Ahmed alone.
Trailing 7-0 early, having to fall on a bad snap, suffering those aforementioned early sacks and a few 3 and out drives, you wouldn't blame Nuss if he'd been a tad frustrated;
Instead, Plano West's dam broke once the Marcus High QB began stepping up in the pocket with assurance. Tossing strikes to WR/DE Jonathan Brown early (while junior Dallas Dudley led the team in receiving), Nussmeier carved Plano's secondary apart, splitting passes through traffic; these slants began to open up the field and Marcus High struck gold on the second pass of the drive:
On 2nd & 6, Garrett found Brown open in a pocket of space, Jonathan turning and twisting through defenders for a long, gashing 44 yard touchdown. Brown made three men miss at the second level, picking up his feet just in time to dodge one desperate tackle after another:
Brown was cutting through defenders as if they were hollowed-out marionettes in a fight with Mr. Bean's unibrow...
On 3rd and 5, with possession once more, Nussmeier took the snap, faked the handoff and rolled to his left....he scanned his options before unleashing an effortless precision pass to a streaking Brown once again, the touch-perfect pass leading the WR into acres of space for 61 yards...only stopped at the four yard line by desperation tackles.
The Marauders would score inside the red zone on the next plays.
He also ate a tremendous amount of yards with his legs....after Joe Burrow went ham vs the Titans with an absolutely riotous play last Sunday, Marcus High's QB pulled off his own "HOUDINI NUSS" moment....actually, he had two:
The play design was brilliant:
On 2nd and 9, Nuss took the snap and immediately faked the give to his running back, then the 2021 LSU commit pretended to hand a reverse to his receiver....rather than scanning the field for options, Garrett ran himself into trouble, leading himself right into the orbit of a defensive end waiting to crush him.
Here's where his genius is obvious and supernatural:
Texas' 6-A Midseason Player of The Year began to back-pedal, inviting the defensive end to bear down on him with full aggression...
Freeze it....now, Nussmeier has the opponent right where he wants him:
Using the onrushing flailing gravity against the sack-hungry opponent, Nussmeier suddenly stops his retreat, pump-fakes a toss to the right (getting the slightest hesitation from the DE) before taking off quickly past the edge rusher's weakest leverage point, ducking and slithering away for 11 yards.
In one filthy move, Nussmeier altered a potential 3rd down and long situation into another 1st down.
Although Marcus opened up a 25-10 halftime lead thanks to Nussmeier's 19 first half completions, he wasn't satisfied as he'd tell the Plano Star Courier following the game:
“We started sluggish but got refocused pretty quick after they scored on us early. At halftime, we talked about finishing drives because it could have been 45-7 instead of 25-10."
After halftime, the magic from Garrett wouldn't stop there:
Leading 32-10 during the 3rd quarter, Nussmeier took a snap in the shotgun with his usual play-action launching pad, only to notice two Plano D-linemen breaking through and bearing down on him, one on either side....no escape, right?
Against defenders who'd sacked him earlier, Garrett took off to his left but stumbled, feeling his body teeter on the brink of imbalance... then, right as it looked like all was lost, somehow Nussmeier evaded the rusher by the threads of his torn jersey (a recovering Marcus offensive tackle interfered just enough to save his quarterback)...
...Now gaining speed and balance with each step (as he moved back to his right) LSU's early enrollee juked past #33's reach, using the opponents' bad angle and aggressive momentum to his own advantage, before staring down #20 as he set his feet into the turf, forcing the defender into a lopsided no man's land......the juking and jiving opening an electric avenue for Nussmeier. It was in this moment when the 2021 LSU commit flew forward into the space he'd manipulated and jump-chucked a beautiful, breathtaking bomb down the field for J. Michael Sturdivant's 49 yard touchdown.
Garrett's unbelievable play lasted 10 seconds before the True Tiger even threw the football, making four defenders miss throughout the 10 seconds of arresting beauty....faking out the cameraman with ease, sending the sidelines into absolute ecstasy or the scantily-filled bleachers into pandemonium.
The wizard didn't stop there, showcasing his surreal spacial awareness once again: When rushing through an alternate open gap (for 10 more yards), the Marcus QB identified the angle taken by his would-be tackler....only to spin towards the opposite direction and make his man miss with complete and utter authority.
Displaying more shake and bake moves than Michael Vick on NFL2K2, the 2021 LSU commit's performance vs Plano West was an absolutely vulgar display of power (a shoutout to a great Texas band).
Number 15 overall prospect in Texas?
Number 8 QB in the 2021 class?
You're kidding, right?
LSU fans should be Pavlovian at this point whenever Garrett Nussmeier's name is mentioned.
PLAYING NEXT: November 27th @ Lewisville
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