Who Should Be The Starting Quarterback For LSU In 2022?

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Who Should Be The Starting Quarterback For LSU In 2022?

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Who Should Be The Starting Quarterback For LSU In 2022?

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Heading into the third season since Joe Burrow led LSU to the National Championship Game and possibly the greatest collegiate season the gridiron has ever seen, head coach Brian Kelly finds himself with three options at quarterback in his first season in Baton Rouge. 

Under center for LSU is expected to be either Jayden Daniels, a transfer from Arizona State. Myles Brennan, who is entering his sixth season as a Tiger after flirting with leaving through the transfer portal. Or Garrett Nussmeier, a four-star redshirt freshman from Texas. Nussmeier came to LSU with much fanfare and although he may be somewhat forgotten, it’s smart to never count out a dark horse. 

So, who should be starting when LSU opens up its season? TWSN college football analysts Marissa Myers, Harrison Vapnek, and Shaun Chornobroff answer that question by giving their stance on each quarterback. 

Garrett Nussmeier- Marissa

While it may not be as much playing time as Brennan and Daniels, Nussmeier does have some experience playing against SEC-level competition. In his redshirt freshman year, he played in four games and completed 50.9% of his passes for 329 yards for two touchdowns but had two interceptions. One thing after the 2021 season that Nussmeier said he wanted to put an emphasis on during the spring was to improve his consistency and decision-making. During the spring game, he completed nine passes out of 16 attempts for 136 yards and a touchdown while leading the offense down the field to score a total of three times. While there isn’t much to go off of with Nussmeier at the college level, his high school film shows just what type of talent he brings to the offense. 

Nussmeier is extremely athletic, he has the arm talent to throw to all three levels of the field. He does so with great timing on his throws that typically gives receivers the ability to create after the catch. When Nussmeier is under pressure he has the mobility to either take off or throw on the run. During his senior year of high school, he completed 213 passes for 2,815 yards and 33 touchdowns while only throwing five interceptions. With his improved throwing mechanics, the ability to take what the defense gives him, and the upside he showed in the spring, Nussmeier could really elevate the Tigers’ offense if he gets the starting job. 

 

Myles Brennan- Shaun

Baton Rouge is a tough place to play and Brennan’s knowledge and experience in that hostility as well as the respect the sixth-year quarterback has is the reason he gets the nod for me. Unless Nussmeier’s clearly head and shoulders above everyone else, I don’t feel the need to rush him into that starting quarterback role. In LSU’s spring game Brennan looked the part of a veteran, completing 11-of-17 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. With solid arm talent, the ability to make the correct reads, and a veteran, experienced presence in the locker room, Brennan’s string of bad luck should come to an end this fall if Kelly makes the correct decision to make him his starting quarterback.

 

Jayden Daniels- Harrison

Jayden Daniels is the most sure-fire quarterback on LSU’s roster. Myles Brennan has been with the Tigers program for six years. He has not had any consistency and has been injured each of the past two seasons. For Garrett Nussmeier, we have not seen much success out of him yet in his short career, and I am unsure that head coach Brian Kelly is going to trust Nussmeier to be the guy when there are two other veteran quarterbacks on the roster.

Going back to Daniels, he has the most big game experience of the three. The game people obviously point to is Arizona State’s upset over Oregon to eliminate them from the College Football Playoffs. Daniels had 408 passing yards and three touchdowns in that game where he beat Justin Herbert. That 2019 season Daniels was excellent throwing for 2,943 yards, 17 touchdowns, and just two interceptions while completing 61% of his throws. In a shortened four-game 2020 season due to the Coronavirus, Daniels threw for 701 yards, five touchdowns, and ran for 223 yards and four touchdowns all while having a new offensive coordinator. Last season the Sun Devils’ coaching staff was in turmoil and Daniels struggled as a result with little talent around him, while still completing 65% of his throws and running for over 700 yards.

In terms of being the best scheme fit, Brian Kelly had his most success with dual-threat quarterbacks with strong arms. Guys like Everett Golson and Brandon Wimbush come to mind as guys who had success in Kelly’s scheme. With LSU’s young, deep-threat receivers, Daniels gives those guys the best chance to have success on the outside. Daniels is going to be playing with the most talent he’s ever been surrounded by and the best coaching he’s ever had with Kelly and new offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock coming over from Cincinnati. Daniels’ mobility separates him from the rest and will give LSU the best chance to compete with Alabama for the SEC West. 

 

Each quarterback brings a different style of play to the offense while all being capable starters. This battle for the top spot is far from over and will be interesting to watch leading up to their first game against Florida State. 

Make sure to follow TWSN on Twitter, as well as Marissa, Shaun, and Harrison for more college football content and conversations as the season approaches.

Marissa- Marissa_m27

Shaun- SChornobroff

Harrison- harrisonvapnek 

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