May 30, 2023

LSU snags Arizona State QB transfer Jayden Daniels, but don’t expect him to start

The quarterback situation in the SEC just went up a notch on Sunday night, with former Arizona State QB Jayden Daniels committing to LSU. The Tigers have now added another piece to the quarterback room that will be full of competition once spring practice begins later this month.

LSU released a statement on Sunday evening, with Brian Kelly commenting on the addition of Daniels:

“Jayden is an outstanding player who will make our quarterback room even stronger,” Kelly said. “He’s a playmaker with a strong arm and the ability to make plays with his feet. We are excited to welcome Jayden to our program as we continue to build a roster of student-athletes who will compete for championships on the field and work just as hard in the classroom to earn their degree.”

Daniels entered the transfer portal on February 18th, leaving behind a program that’s been dealing with controversy over the past year. The pickup gives Brian Kelly another talented arm to compete for the starting job, as Kelly enters his first season at the helm in Baton Rouge. Daniels will be competing with redshirt freshman Garrett Nussmeier, Walker Howard and the returning Myles Brennan.

With it being added depth and an extremely useful pickup, I do not think Daniels will start for LSU in 2022. If you’re Brian Kelly, you aren’t necessarily looking to use the transfer portal for your starting quarterback. You want to groom Myles Brennan and Nussmeier for your future. LSU is not and should not ever be the kind of program that relies on transfers to start at the biggest position on the field. You want to be like Alabama, right? Well, here is what Bama does not do. They don’t do that. Use Daniels for extra depth, a fantastic scout QB that can give you a ton of great looks in practice preparing for certain QB’s, but that is all he should be unless he is far and away the best option. I understand the excitement and it’s certainly necessary, but pump the brakes Tiger Nation.

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