Oct 23, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Garrett Nussmeier (5) during the second half against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

LSU decides on starting QB; won’t reveal decision

LSU head coach Brian Kelly said he has decided on a starting quarterback for Sunday’s season opener in New Orleans against Florida State, but declined to release the details of his choice.

“We’ve made a decision, but I’m not going to announce it publicly,” Kelly said, adding that he came to the decision over the weekend.

Kelly’s choice is down to redshirt freshman Garrett Nussmeier and junior transfer Jayden Daniels. It has been characterized as a 50/50 battle throughout the preparations for the upcoming season.

Nussmeier played four games for LSU last season, going 29 of 57 for 329 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Daniels proved himself to be a productive two-way threat in three seasons at Arizona State. He even guided the Sun Devils to a victory over Florida State in the 2019 Sun Bowl. Last season at Arizona State, the Los Angeles-area product threw for 2,381 yards and 10 TDs, with 710 yards rushing and six more scores.

Kelly said the decision will not be revealed until before Sunday’s game against the Seminoles (1-0).

“It doesn’t help us to play that card (now),” Kelly said.

Kelly did announce his starting offensive line. It will consist of Will Campbell at left tackle, Miles Frazier at left guard, Garrett Dellinger at center, Anthony Bradford at right guard and Cam Wire at right tackle.

Kelly, who takes over the Tigers program after going 113-40 in 12 seasons at Notre Dame, replaces Ed Orgeron, who departed following what was portrayed as a mutual agreement.

–Field Level Media

Garrett Nussmeier as LSU Football held its first spring practice of the season under new Head Coach Brian Kelly.  Thursday, March 24, 2022

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LSU QB Garrett Nussmeier (ankle) sits out scrimmage

Garrett Nussmeier, one of three quarterbacks vying for the starting job at LSU, missed the Tigers’ first scrimmage on Thursday because of a minor ankle injury, The Athletic reported.

Nussmeier, a redshirt freshman, did some drills that required only limited movement on Thursday, per the report. He is not expected to miss much practice time.

He is competing with fifth-year senior Myles Brennan and Arizona State junior transfer Jayden Daniels for the starting position.

In his first season at LSU in 2021, Nussmeier appeared in four games and was 29-of-57 passing for 329 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

He is the son of former NFL quarterback Doug Nussmeier, who played in five NFL games for the New Orleans Saints (1976-77) before later going into coaching. The elder Nussmeier is currently quarterbacks coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

–Field Level Media