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Better Know a Freshman: Garrett Nussmeier

The sudden QB2 on the depth chart arrived just in time.

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Welp, Myles Brennan is out of commission. In addition to being a cruel, unfair blow to a career of dedication and selflessness, Brennan’s injury puts some strain on LSU’s quarterback depth. Had LSU not pulled in a highly regarded four-star, the loss of Brennan and transfer of TJ Finley would set off a 5 alarm fire beneath Max Johnson on the depth chart. Instead, Garrett Nussmeier stands to potentially get some snaps in cupcake games, and may be forced to enter the fray like TJ Finley and current starter Max Johnson did just a year ago. Nussmeier is a potential option for the future of LSU offense, and not at all an underwhelming one.

The Story

LSU was the first school to really recruit Nussmeier and there was never much doubt that he’d end up there. After a camp way back in 2018, LSU extended their offer. He would receive numerous other offers and be recruited by the likes of Arizona State and South Carolina, but it was always clear he was going to end up at LSU.

The Numbers

247 Composite Ranking: ****

247 Composite Rating: 0.9624

The Film

It’s hard to actually form opinions based on only highlight tape considering I have literally never seen him make a mistake but his tape shows an athletic, creative, aggressive QB who can make plays out of structure and push the ball all over the field. He has a heavy arm and can really let it rip into windows out of the question for most QBs at his level.

The Future

Nussmeier is going to get a legit shot to be the LSU starting QB at some point. He will backup this year, but will get game snaps and an extra year of practice (plus being an early enrollee) relative to Walker Howard. He’s going to be able to compete for the job and he’s good enough to really push for it.

High End: High level college starter for a couple years, 2nd or 3rd round pick.

Low End: Gets thrown into the fire before he’s ready, forms irreparably bad habits (@ Brandon Harris), and struggles to ever develop.

Realistic: Shows his talent in garbage time this year, but gets lost in the shuffle between Max Johnson and the incoming No. 1 overall high school quarterback prospect (thanks Quinn Ewers) Walker Howard. Transfers and plays very well at another school, we are all happy for him.