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Report: Jayden Daniels to Start at QB for LSU in Opener vs. FSU

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 4, 2022

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Jayden Daniels will be the starting quarterback for LSU in Sunday's season opener against Florida State, per Brody Miller of The Athletic.

The Arizona State transfer beat out Garrett Nussmeier for the starting job, with Miller reporting Daniels is expected to play all game.

Daniels spent three seasons with the Sun Devils, totaling 6,025 passing yards and 32 touchdowns across 29 games. He added 1,288 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns during this stretch while leading the squad to two bowl game appearances.

New head coach Brian Kelly had previously chosen not to announce the starting quarterback but did say both would have a role during the season.

"This is not a one and a two," Kelly said last week. "And both of them are obviously going to contribute this year."

Daniels spent three seasons with the Sun Devils, totaling 6,025 passing yards and 32 touchdowns across 29 games. He added 1,288 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns during this stretch while leading the squad to two bowl game appearances.

The 4-star recruit was considered the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class, per 247Sports composite rankings, and he remains a dynamic presence on the field. The only concern has been his passing efficiency, throwing 10 interceptions with 10 touchdowns last season.

He will look to replicate his breakout freshman year when he totaled 17 passing touchdowns and just two picks.

Nussmeier also entered school as a 4-star recruit, but he's seen limited game action at the college level. He made four appearances for the Tigers last year while retaining his redshirt, totaling 329 yards on 29-of-57 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

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