Trio of LSU QBs throw for over 100 yards each as White beats Purple in spring game, 23-14

Glenn Guilbeau
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

BATON ROUGE — Passes were flying at the LSU spring game Saturday, and the quarterback derby will enter August practices in a dead heat.

Max Johnson, who took the first snaps of spring with the No. 1 offense, was consistent, completing 11 of 17 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. But true freshman Garrett Nussmeier was the slinger, completing 15 of 25 for 132 yards and a touchdown, but with three interceptions.

Myles Brennan also showed some flash, completing 12 of 20 for 116 yards and a 39-yard touchdown to wide receiver Kayshon Boutte after faking a spike, and he had no interceptions.

TJ Finley completed 10 of 18 passes for 84 yards with two interceptions.

Quarterbacks alternated between both teams with the White beating the Purple, 23-14, in front of 20,000 fans at Tiger Stadium.

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron yells during the second quarter of the Tigers' loss to Alabama.

"That's just a taste of what the offense is," offensive guard Ed Ingram said. "You all are in for a show when the season comes. We had some shines of light."

LSU won the national championship in the 2019 season with one of the most prolific passing games in NCAA history under then-offensive coordinator Joe Brady, who left to become the Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator. LSU coach Ed Orgeron hired two assistants from Brady's staff after last season - Jake Peetz and DJ Mangas - and made them offensive coordinator and pass game coordinator respectively. 

Boutte caught 11 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown for the White team. Wide receiver Jontre Kirklin played for both teams and caught 16 passes in all for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

Tailback Tyrion Davis-Price led all rushers with 76 yards on 15 carries for the White team.

"From a quarterback standpoint, I think they all showed their strength," offensive tackle Austin Deculus said. "You see the long passes (from the 2019 season). You see the energetic style. We're not going to show everything. We were just scratching the surface."

LSU's defense collected eight sacks overall and the five interceptions. Linebacker Jared Small led the way with 14 tackles for the Purple with nine solo stops and an interception. Linebacker Damone Clark had 12 tackles with seven solos.

Others intercepting passes were cornerbacks Jay Ward, Derek Stingley Jr. and Raydarious Jones and linebacker Antoine Sampah.