As LSU prepared to take on ULM, head coach Ed Orgeron announced that Max Johnson will start the rest of the year at quarterback, while true freshman Garrett Nussmeier will take his redshirt.

The decision means Nussmeier cannot play any more snaps this season. However, he will gain an extra year of eligibility.

Many fans are excited to see what the future holds for the young signal caller.

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With only two games remaining in the regular season, LSU has made its final decision at quarterback.

Speaking to the media Thursday, head coach Ed Orgeron announced, "As it seems right now, Garrett [Nussmeier] is not going to play. Max is our starter, and Garrett's going to take the redshirt year."

Sophomore quarterback Max Johnson has started all 10 games for the Tigers this season. However, questions surrounding a potential quarterback battle arose when backup Garrett Nussmeier played the majority of the snaps in the loss against Arkansas.

Ultimately, the program has decided to stick with Johnson for the remainder of the season. 

The decision to redshirt Nussmeier means the true freshman will not be able to take another snap this year. However, he will gain an extra year of eligibility. With the Tigers sitting at 4-6 on the season and bowl hopes slipping away, it’s a move that many fans stand behind.

"He looked promising. He had his ups and downs last game, but I would rather look to the future than try to get a bowl game this year," freshman Colin Lee said.

LSU student Erin Vatland also supports the move, saying, "He has potential. He has good athletic ability. The team is so dysfunctional. Do you bother continuing the dysfunction, or do you just sit it out?"

"I mean, I can't really fault him for choosing any way that he wants to," she added. 

In four appearances this season, the 19-year-old signal caller completed 29 of 57 passes for 329 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Both of the interceptions, along with one touchdown, came against the Razorbacks.

Despite some growing pains, fans are excited by what they saw out of Nussmeier.

"I really do think Garrett has a lot of opportunity with them," student Reagan Greer opined. "He played really, really well [against Arkansas], and I'm really excited to see what he can do in the future.

Sophomore Elijah Olofintuyi thinks the ability to have a fresh start next year will benefit Nussmeier.

"He's going to be able to start brand new, and I feel like once he gets those tools he needs and the experience he needs, the sky is going to be the limit for him," he commented.

As LSU tries to avoid its first losing season of the 21st century and fight for a bowl appearance, they will have no choice but to do so with Max Johnson under center. 

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