LSU QB Enters Transfer Portal

The LSU Tigers parted company with coach Ed Orgeron in November ahead of the team's Texas Bowl appearance against Kansas State in January. The team's National Championship winning head coach won't be the only key part of Tigers to leave Baton Rouge, however. Starting quarterback Max Johnson has entered the NCAA's transfer portal to move away from LSU.

Johnson's announcement comes just a week after LSU handed the head coach's job to ex-Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. Along with the quarterback, tight end recruit Jake Johnson, Max's brother, has decommitted to the school following Kelly's hiring. LSU fans are gearing up for the team's Texas Bowl showdown with Kansas State. You can use the bet365 2021 bonus code before wagering on the big game.

Who is quarterback Max Johnson?

The sophomore quarterback is the son of ex-NFL quarterback Brad Johnson. The ex-LSU signal caller emerged as the Tigers' starter in 2020 and played in every game this campaign. Johnson threw 27 touchdowns and 6 interceptions as the Tigers experienced a dismal 6-6 (3-5 SEC) record.

Johnson was the No. 253 ranked high school football recruit in 2020. He was recruited by a variety of top college football programs including the Auburn Tigers, Florida State Seminoles, and Georgia Bulldogs, amongst others. The quarterback's pedigree, the father of an ex-NFL signal-caller, makes him the perfect transfer recruit for any number of college football programs.

Just a sophomore, Johnson leaves LSU having put together two strong seasons. He was 313-of-523 for 3,883 yards. Johnson tossed 35 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions, and led the Tigers to victories over a top-10 Florida team away from home. He also defeated Ole Miss in Baton Rouge to close the 2020 season.

Who else is leaving the LSU Tigers?

While Johnson is the biggest name to enter the transfer portal, he isn't the only LSU Tigers player to seek a transfer to pastures new. The Tigers have lost several players to the transfer portal already, including cornerback Elias Ricks, receiver Koy Moore, linebacker Nevonteque Strong, and Johnson's fellow quarterback Myles Brennan. More players could follow.

Johnson and wide receiver Deion Smith were the Tigers' first two players to enter the transfer portal following Kelly's hiring. Smith appeared in six games during the 2021 season. He caught 11 passes for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns. However, injuries cost Smith much of the campaign.

Who will play QB for the LSU Tigers in the Texas Bowl?

Johnson's decision to leave the LSU football program means that the Tigers have just one scholarship quarterback remaining on the squad. Former four-star high school prospect Garrett Nussmeier is player the team will turn to for the Texas Bowl in January. Nussmeier is a true freshman and has appeared in four games this season.

Nussmeier has the ability to red shirt this season, which would allow him to be eligible for another year of football at LSU. However, playing in the Texas Bowl would eliminate Nussmeier's chance of red-shirting, costing him a season of eligibility.

Kelly's start at LSU has come on a sour note as key players have departed. LSU's new head coach has a lot to do before the team's Texas Bowl showdown with K-State.

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