BATON ROUGE, La. – For the second straight scrimmage, true freshman Garrett Nussmeier outperformed starting signal caller Max Johnson.
According to head coach Ed Orgeron, Nussmeier finished 18/32 for 308 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Johnson ended the day 11/19 with 125 passing yards and one touchdown. Of course, both quarterbacks faced different levels of competition.
The Tigers’ lefty faced LSU’s starting defense, and the freshman shredded the backup unit. Regardless, Nussmeier’s fall camp performances have impressed his teammates.
“He’s got a lot of fire in him. He’s a young cat. He be chirping a little bit in practice, but we love that about him: his energy and his confidence that he bring every practice. He’s got a lot to learn and a long way to go, but so far, he looks like the complete quarterback,” senior defensive end Ali Gaye said.
“It’s pretty cool to see him play. He carries a little bit of swagger about him in the locker room, on the field. I’m not too surprised to see him go out there and make plays cause that’s what he does; and seeing his progression from spring to now, it’s been awesome,” senior center Liam Shanahan added.
The quarterbacks’ stat lines from the second scrimmage were similar to their numbers from the first preseason game. Nussmeier went 11/17 for 225 passing yards and three touchdowns, and Johnson was 11/19 with 125 passing yards and one touchdown.
Coach O reassured Johnson was the starter, during Saturday’s post-scrimmage presser, but Orgeron didn’t rule out the chance Nussmeier could compete for the starting job. Johnson has embraced the competition the freshman gunslinger has provided.
“I think Garrett’s done a great job this fall camp. I love competing. I love getting better. I think we challenge each other every day, and we’re both looking to get better everyday. We’re both looking forward to competing to get better everyday,” Johnson said.
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