LSU Football might play a WR at QB in the Texas Bowl against Kansas State

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LSU football is in a tough spot for its matchup against Kansas State in the Texas Bowl on January 4.

The Tigers are down to one scholarship quarterback in true freshman Garrett Nussmeier, thanks to Max Johnson’s recent decision to transfer to Texas A&M.

(Quarterback Myles Brennan announced last week that he’s returning to LSU to his final season of eligibility, but he isn’t playing in the Texas Bowl. Brennan hasn’t played all season and simply isn’t ready.)

The plan for Nussmeier was to redshirt this season. LSU is trying to get a waiver so Nussmeier can play in the bowl game without losing a year of eligibility, but it seems unlikely that the NCAA will approve that waiver (though it’s still possible).

What will LSU football do at quarterback if Garrett Nussmeier doesn’t play?

If Nussmeier isn’t granted a waiver, it means the Tigers will have 0 scholarship quarterbacks for the game against Kansas State.

But that doesn’t mean LSU will be starting a walk-on.

According to 247Sports, the Tigers could go with wide receiver Jontre Kirklin at quarterback.

Kirklin, a former three-star recruit, was a quarterback at Lutcher High School.

The Louisiana native led Lutcher to back-to-back state championships while passing for over 7,500 yards during his high school career. Kirklin, who has also played on defense for the Tigers, could’ve been a quarterback at the next level. But instead, he chose to stay home and go to LSU.

Kirklin obviously hasn’t played quarterback in a while, but he still has the instincts that made him an elite player at the high school level.

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Starting Nussmeier would be ideal. But if that can’t happen, Kirklin isn’t a bad option to lead the Tigers’ offense.