LSU Football is in a strange predicament for the Texas Bowl

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LSU football is in a bit of a predicament at the moment.

The Tigers only have one scholarship quarterback on the roster available for their upcoming Texas Bowl matchup against the Kansas State Wildcats.

And that scholarship quarterback, true freshman Garrett Nussmeier, was planning to redshirt this season. If Nussmeier plays in another game this season, he could burn his redshirt (more on that below).

LSU is in this situation because quarterbacks Myles Brennan and Max Johnson hit the transfer portal earlier this fall.

LSU Football’s plan for the bowl game against Kansas State

According to interim head coach Brad Davis, the Tigers are hoping to play Nussmeier in the bowl while preserving his redshirt.

Davis said the program is “working through some things” in regards to Nussmeier playing and keeping his redshirt.

However, if that’s denied, it sounds like LSU will sit Nussmeier and preserve his redshirt.

Here are the full comments on the quarterback situation from Davis (via 247Sports):

"The quarterback situation, obviously it’s something everybody wants to know about. We’ve put together a plan here that we feel really great about. We have a multitude of quarterbacks taking reps during practice. Garett Nussmeier being one of them. We’re working through some things right now, to be able to have him play for us and still maintain his redshirt. That’s something obviously that’s in process. If that were denied for whatever reason, we have some contingencies in place. We will be able to move the football and execute our offense."

This is certainly a tough spot for LSU to be in.

Ultimately, the bowl game doesn’t mean a lot. Obviously, the Tigers want to win, but the future of the program is more important. And burning a season of eligibility for Nussmeier doesn’t make a lot of sense for a bowl game.

Even if Nussmeier doesn’t spend his entire collegiate career at LSU, you’d still hate to see a young man lose a year of eligibility for one game. I think LSU’s coaches are doing the right thing by Nussmeier

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Good on LSU for putting Nussmeier first in this situation.