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There was a big question heading into the final two games against the ULM Warhawks and Texas A&M Aggies when it came to the quarterbacks. Would Garrett Nussmeier play another down in 2021 and waste his redshirt?
That question was answered on Thursday night. Head coach Ed Orgeron left it up to Garrett and his father Doug as to whether or not he would continue to play this season.
According to Adam Hunsucker of The Daily Advertiser/USA TODAY Sports, Nussmeier has decided to redshirt this season meaning he won’t play for the rest of the season. Freshman quarterback Matt O’Dowd of Plantation, Florida, will serve as the backup for Max Johnson.
#LSU quarterback Garrett Nussmeier has decided to redshirt.
Matt O’Dowd will back up Max Johnson against ULM.
— Adam Hunsucker (@Adam_Hunsucker) November 18, 2021
It is likely that O’Dowd never sees the field and the offense just flows through Johnson the rest of the way. He has an opportunity to show improvement from the last several weeks that have quite frankly, left a lot to be desired. If the freshman gets into the game, it would likely be minimal and during mop-up duty.
LSU is listed as a 28.5 point favorite against their in-state competition on Saturday night in Death Valley. The team needs a win this week and again next week when the Aggies come to town for a shot at the postseason. Johnson also could be auditioning for the next head coach of the LSU Tigers. He will also have plenty of opportunities in the spring and fall camps heading into 2022.
With new head coaches, it is often a clean slate and not based on what you did in the past. Warranted or not.