LSU football has three quality quarterbacks currently on the roster.
And another one — 2022 five-star quarterback Walker Howard who is committed to the Tigers — could be in Baton Rouge next season as well.
(Howard is checking out other programs, though he’s still committed to LSU.)
It seems inevitable that the Tigers will lose at least one quarterback to the transfer portal.
But who will it be?
The LSU Football quarterback most likely to hit the transfer portal
Sophomore Max Johnson, true freshman Garrett Nussmeier and redshirt senior Myles Brennan could all be playing in the NFL one day.
But it’s unlikely they’ll all be playing for LSU next season.
Johnson has been the Tigers’ starting quarterback this season, thanks to a broken arm that Brennan suffered just before the start of the 2021 season.
Nussmeier saw some action this past week against Ole Miss, but Ed Orgeron reiterated this week that Johnson is LSU’s starting quarterback moving forward (Johnson was benched after taking a bit hit against the Rebels).
I think Nussmeier is probably the most talented of the trio, but he has the least amount of experience. I think there will be a legitimate quarterback battle between Nussmeier and Johnson next spring/fall.
Brennan is the guy that probably won’t be in Baton Rouge next season.
The former four-star recruit from Mississippi has NFL talent. But he’s had some bad luck at LSU that’s prevented him from showing off his full skill-set. He was off to an impressive start last season before an abdomen injury sidelined him for the final seven games of the season.
Brennan has one year of eligibility remaining thanks to the extra year granted by the NCAA after the 2020 pandemic-impacted season.
That means Brennan has one more shot to improve his NFL Draft stock. And I can’t see him battling Johnson and Nussmeier for the starting job in 2022. He needs to go somewhere that has a clear path to starting so he can get as many starts as possible on film for NFL scouts.
Brennan will always be a Tiger. But it’s going to be in his best interest to play his final season elsewhere.