LSU Football: Ed Orgeron explains how QB decision will work against Arkansas

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I have no idea who will take the final snap on Saturday at quarterback for LSU football.

And neither does Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron.

Coach O said earlier this week that sophomore Max Johnson and true freshman Garrett Nussmeier will battle it out in practice this week.

Orgeron noted that while Johnson is still the team’s starter right now, the better quarterback will play the most against Arkansas.

On Wednesday, Orgeron further clarified how the quarterback situation will play out on Saturday against the Razorbacks.

How LSU football’s quarterback situation will play out against Arkansas

Orgeron addressed the quarterback situation on Wednesday night during his weekly radio show.

According to Orgeron, Johnson will get the start and play a few series.

If Johnson is “playing well” at that point, then LSU will stick with Johnson.

However, if Johnson’s play isn’t where it needs to be for the Tigers to win the game, then Orgeron will give Nussmeier a shot.

Orgeron then said that “whoever wins the first half” is who LSU will roll with in the second half.

I think this is probably the right approach for the Tigers. I always think rolling with the hot hand is the wise move.

And I believe anyway that Nussmeier — despite his lack of experience — is the better quarterback option for the Tigers.

Of course, this opens up a scenario that LSU fans need to worry about.

If Nussmeier finishes the season as the starter, will Johnson hit the transfer portal?

Unfortunately, that’s something that fans have to constantly worry about these days. There’s really no way to combat it.

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It’s going to be an interesting offseason for the Tigers regardless of how the final few games of the season play out.