LSU waiting on decision if Nussmeier can play in Texas Bowl, avoid losing redshirt

Published: Dec. 14, 2021 at 3:37 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2021 at 6:46 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - With the news of LSU quarterback Max Johnson announcing on Tuesday, Dec. 7, that he would be entering the NCAA Transfer Portal, the Tigers are left with the decision to either burn the redshirt on freshman quarterback Garrett Nussmeier or use a walk-on to start against Kansas State in the Texas Bowl on Jan. 4.

The Tigers are waiting on a decision from the NCAA on whether or not Nussmeier will be able to play in the bowl game, according to interim head coach Brad Davis.

LSU interim head coach Brad Davis talks about the Tigers' preps to face Kansas State in the Texas Bowl.

Davis stated that the NCAA has given LSU a timeline on when they’ll decide if Nussmeier will play but did not elaborate further.

“We’ve put together a plan that we feel really great about; we have a multitude of quarterbacks taking reps during practice, Garrett Nussmeier being one of them,” said Davis. “We are working through some things right now to have him play for us and still maintain his redshirt, so that’s something obviously that’s in the process and if they were denied for whatever reason we have some contingencies in place to move the football and secure an offense.”

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For the season, Nussmeier played in four games. He completed 29-of-57 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions. The majority of Nussmeier’s playing time came in the 16-13 overtime loss to then-No. 16 Arkansas. The freshman from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, threw for 179 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions in the loss.

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