LSU quarterback TJ Finley commits to Auburn football as transfer

Josh Vitale
Montgomery Advertiser

Bryan Harsin and Mike Bobo didn't wait until 2022 to add their first quarterback to the Auburn football roster.

The first-year coach and offensive coordinator landed a commitment from LSU transfer TJ Finley on Monday. He chose the blue-and-orange Tigers over other finalists Alabama, Houston and Penn State.

Finley has four years of eligibility remaining beginning this season, provided the SEC changes its rules regarding intraconference transfers next month.

The 6-foot-6, 242-pound Ponchatoula, Louisiana, native signed with LSU as a three-star recruit ranked 19th nationally among pro-style quarterbacks in the 2020 class. He started five games as a true freshman last season, completing 57.1% of his passes for 941 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions.

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LSU went 2-3 in those games, including an Oct. 31 loss at Auburn in which Finley completed only 13 of 24 passes for 143 yards and two interceptions.

LSU quarterback TJ Finley (11) drops back to pass against  Auburn on Oct. 31, 2020, at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Finley gives Auburn four scholarship quarterbacks for the 2021 season, joining incumbent two-year starter Bo Nix, senior backup Grant Loy and four-star true freshman Dematrius Davis. The Tigers also hold a commitment from four-star 2022 recruit Holden Geriner.

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Chayil Garnett, a three-star signee in the 2020 class, entered the transfer portal earlier this month.

Finley should push – and could quite possibly surpass – Loy for the No. 2 role on the depth chart, thanks to his experience starting in the SEC. Whether he's a legitimate threat to unseat Nix is unclear, but at the very least, he'll provide him some competition and Auburn an option for the future.

Josh Vitale is the Auburn beat writer for the Montgomery Advertiser. You can follow him on Twitter at @JoshVitale. To reach him by email, click here.