LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron made some comments on Monday about the Tigers’ quarterback situation that I found quite confusing.
Just a couple of days after indicating that he plans to redshirt true freshman quarterback Garrett Nussmeier this season, Orgeron suggested that LSU is having an open quarterback battle.
That’s where things get confusing.
Is LSU Football having an open quarterback competition?
Orgeron didn’t make a lot of sense on Monday while discussing LSU’s quarterback situation.
At first, Orgeron said “we’ll let the best man play”, which indicates a true open quarterback battle.
But then, just a few seconds later, Orgeron reiterated that Max Johnson is the Tigers’ starting quarterback.
“I like Max a lot, he’s still our starting quarterback but I will give Garrett a chance,” said Orgeron (via 247Sports).
After that comment, Orgeron again suggested that LSU is having an open quarterback competition…WHILE also noting, again, that Johnson will start.
"Orgeron: “We’re going to play both Max and Garrett. Max is going to start, but I’m gonna give Garrett significant snaps at the beginning of the game. We’ll see how it goes.If Max plays better than Garrett, he’ll be the starter, if Garrett plays better than Max, he’ll be the starter. Let them battle it out.”"
So which is it? Is the battle open? Is Johnson the guy? If Nussmeier practices better than Johnson this week will he start against Arkansas?
At this point, I think anything is on the table. Orgeron showed against Alabama that he’s going to coach aggressively. I tend to think that Nussmeier is the best option for LSU right now. He’s a more talented player than Johnson and I think the offense would run more efficiently with Nussmeier under center.
I guess we’ll all find out together this weekend unless Orgeron makes an announcement later this week.
Which I don’t think happens. There’s absolutely no reason for Orgeron to tip his hand to Arkansas. Regardless of which quarterback plays this weekend, Orgeron needs to keep his decision close to the vest to make sure the Razorbacks spend time preparing for both quarterbacks.