by LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
Who will grab LSU's starting quarterback job?
The eternal purple & gold question for 2022 will be answered over the next month & a half in what should be one of the tightest QB races around college football.
Still locked in a three/four-way race between Myles Brennan, Garrett Nussmeier, Jayden Daniels and true freshman Walker Howard, the stakes will be at their highest for the first three primary competitors, while the extremely promising Howard seems slated for a red shirt year:
2022 is Brennan's last shot at becoming the LSU starter we always expected him to be....conversely, this fall will also be his last serious opportunity to command significant attention from NFL GMs or scouts.
Will he cash in on an unbelievable second chance?
It's hard not to root for Myles Brennan's success; displaying class, leadership and more patience than Job throughout his 6 years at LSU....but now is the time for results.
Myles grasps that fact better than anyone.....after watching Danny Etling run the team, witnessing Joe Burrow win a National Championship, experiencing his starting job slip away due to a horrific abdominal injury, looking on as Max Johnson took over at QB last year (while he stood on the sidelines due to another injury).....now has to be the time for Brennan to be the one all eyes are fixated upon.
Jayden Daniels just transferred to Baton Rouge, a new town, culture and conference....all to stand on the sidelines holding a clipboard and wearing a headset?
Hard to imagine...
Carrying 2 years of eligibility, perhaps a season behind Brennan wouldn't send him back into the portal, but it's a gamble Kelly might not want to risk.
Or.....is Jayden Daniels actually the Tigers' most dangerous quarterback, capable of running defenses off the field & taking over games, thanks to his dual threat capabilities?
Daniels also remains (by far and away) LSU's most productive & experienced collegiate starter, appearing in 25 additional games than Nussmeier & 11 more than Myles.....will experience become a point of reference for Kelly's 2022 debut season?
Garrett Nussmeier slapped away any rumor about his expected transfer from LSU, refused to be distracted by the talk around the fanbase or media, and established a strong locker room presence throughout the first months of 2022, delivering the most intriguing, promising and exciting quarterback performances of the Spring Game.
After one red shirt year at LSU, how long would Nussmeier wait for the starting job?
2023? Where he would battle it out vs Jayden Daniels, Walker Howard and potentially another quarterback?
That scenario looks uneasy for #13.
Nussmeier needs to start in 2022...and just like the other QBs, his lack of game time might have consequences on the future of LSU's QB room.
Howard will no doubt have to settle for competitive reps and likely a red shirt season, considering three QBs with collegiate starting experience lie ahead of him on the depth chart. At least from every indication we've been given by Kelly, Sloan, Denbrock, Walker's dad Jamie and others surrounding the team, Lafayette's freshman prodigy won't be LSU's QB in 2022.
Who will win out???
Pay attention to every rep you can get a hold of between these four....
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by LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
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