Garrett Nussmeier may be LSU’s starting quarterback for the ReliaQuest Bowl, but if he wants to be the starter for the 2024 season he’s got some competition rolling into Baton Rouge.
Former Vanderbilt quarterback AJ Swann announced he’ll be transferring to LSU. Swann picked LSU over South Carolina, as the Tigers were reportedly recruiting him very hard.
LSU couldn’t allow itself to head into 2024 with only Garrett Nussmeier, redshirt freshman Rickie Collins, and incoming true freshman Colin Hurley on the depth chart. By adding Swann, the Tigers have now mixed in some experience into the quarterback room. If anything, Swann’s actually more experienced than Nussmeier as Swann’s started 12 games and has more completions (222) in his collegiate career than Nuss has passes thrown (174). Both Swann and Nussmeier each have two years of eligibility remaining.
Do I expect Garrett Nussmeier to be LSU’s starter when the Tigers take on USC next September? Yes. But if he is, it’s because he’ll have earned the job and beaten Swann out for QB1. And that’s okay. I think the days of guys taking over as a starter just because they’ve been on campus a while are over. LSU has literally seen two transfer quarterbacks come in, beat out the incumbent quarterbacks, and go on to win the Heisman trophy.
Nuss has waited his turn and appears to be the heir apparent. But at the same time, Swann isn’t leaving Vandy to sit on LSU’s bench. May the best man win.