Some big LSU football news dropped this week when various reports indicated that TJ Finley submitted his name to the NCAA transfer portal.
Finley, who started five games for the Tigers in 2020, was likely the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart.
The assumption throughout spring has been that an LSU quarterback would transfer. The fact that it’s Finley isn’t a surprise, considering he probably wasn’t going to see much playing time in 2021 (unless there was an injury).
But just because Finley is transferring doesn’t mean the quarterback movement on the roster is done.
Could LSU football also lose Myles Brennan?
The Tigers will still have three quarterbacks capable of starting in the SEC after Finley’s departure.
Sophomore Max Johnson, who finished the 2020 season as LSU’s starter, and true freshman Garrett Nussmeier aren’t candidates to transfer. Nussmeier has only been on campus since the beginning of the year. And Johnson could actually be the favorite to start in 2021.
If Brennan doesn’t win the job this summer, will he be content spending his redshirt senior season as a backup at LSU?
According to 247Sports’ Shea Dixon, it’s still very possible that Brennan leaves Baton Rouge if he doesn’t feel like he’s going to be the starter this fall (Ed Orgeron, by the way, doesn’t plan to name a starter until this fall).
“From talking with sources over the past 24 hours, the Tigers are still going to have to buckle in to make sure they are not left with just two scholarship quarterbacks on roster,” wrote Dixon on Thursday.
Brennan has already graduated, so he’ll be eligible to play immediately if he decides to transfer.
It feels like this could go either way with Brennan. Coach O isn’t going to name a starter this summer, so Brennan could trust his abilities and fight for the job throughout fall camp. Or he could decide that the gamble isn’t worth it and take a look around this summer for a good situation.
Either way, the Tigers will still be in good shape. LSU obviously doesn’t want to lose Brennan, but Johnson and Nussmeier are still two of the more talented quarterbacks in the SEC.