LSU quarterback competition may last well beyond Sunday night

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Jayden Daniels
(Photo: Jonathan Mailhes)

Quarterback competitions have a way of working themselves out.

Or do they?

When Myles Brennan stepped away from football, the battle to be LSU’s starter for the Florida State game was down to a pair of signal callers, Jayden Daniels and Garrett Nussmeier.

Head coach Brian Kelly said Monday he has identified the starter, and his backup as 1A and 1B. The public won’t find out 1A until gameday.

“They are going to be so engaged because they know how close they are to playing, every snap,” said Kelly. “It is not going to be put your helmet underneath the bench. You need your helmet on, because I think they will be engaged in the game itself.”

If ‘subliminal man’ from a classic Saturday Night Live was standing behind Kelly, he may have said the following.

“Don’t get impatient. If you don’t get the nod to begin the season, you may get it later.”

If the starter is Daniels, Kelly needs to do everything he can to get Nussmeier ready for next season. LSU is not going to win the Southeastern Conference championship this season (in all likelihood).

Daniels, if he plays exceptionally well, will likely opt for the NFL Draft, even though he has one season of eligibility remaining. Then you have a new starter once again.

But what happens if Daniels returns for 2023?

An, how does that affect the status of Nussmeier and true freshman Walker Howard?

What Kelly has working for him, is that two of his three quarterback have unique ties to Louisiana and LSU.

Nussmeier’s father played for the Saints. Garrett Nussmeier was born in Lake Charles. Walker Howard’s father Jamie played quarterback for the Tigers in the 1990’s.

Walker Howard is as LSU legacy as it gets.

Kelly, on Monday, also complimented the mobility of both Nussmeier and Daniels. By his comments, it was clear that movement, was something that he valued greatly at the quarterback position.

“They both run extremely well; they both can make plays outside the pocket,” said Kelly.

The first-year Tigers coach added that the playbook will remain virtually the same, no matter who is taking snaps.

“Certainly we don’t have to change the playcalling. There is not a dramatic difference between the two when it comes to playcalling,” said Kelly.

When he transferred to LSU, Daniels said he was looking for a chance to play against the best, in the Southeastern Conference. He will likely get his chance to stake a claim to the job Sunday night, but quarterback 1B will be ready, as his coach said, with helmet on and not under the bench.

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Ed Daniels

WGNO Sports Director/106.1 FM

Ed is a New Orleans native, born at Baptist Hospital. He graduated Rummel High School, class of 1975, and subsequently graduated from Loyola University. Ed started in TV in 1977 as first sports intern at WVUE Channel 8. He became Sports Director at KPLC TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles in 1980. In 1982 he was hired as sports reporter…

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