LSU QB TJ Finley enters NCAA transfer portal with Johnson and Brennan ahead on depth chart

Glenn Guilbeau
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

BATON ROUGE - He started more games than any other LSU quarterback last season, but TJ Finley has entered the NCAA transfer portal, his father David Finley told The Daily Advertiser Wednesday night.

Finley said his son was unsure at the moment what schools he is considering for a transfer.

A freshman from Ponchatoula High, Finley started games four through eight in the 2020 season and went 2-3 with wins over South Carolina and Arkansas and losses to Auburn, Texas A&M and Alabama. He completed 80 of 140 passes for 941 yards and five touchdowns with five interceptions.

Myles Brennan, who started the first three games last season as a junior before an injury ended his season, and freshman Max Johnson, who started LSU's final two games and won both for a 5-5 finish, took over the battle for the starting job during spring drills that concluded last month. And freshman signee Garrett Nussmeier, an early enrollee in January, also was in the mix over spring.

LSU quarterback TJ Finley looks for a receiver during the third quarter of the team's NCAA college football game against Texas A&M, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

The 6-foot-6, 242-pound Finley completed 17 of 21 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for a 52-24 win over South Carolina. He completed 27 of 42 for 271 yards and two touchdowns at Arkansas, including a 13-yard completion to wide receiver Jaray Jenkins with 3:59 to play for the 27-24 win.

"It's a dream come true," Finley said of starting last season during spring drills. "A lot of guys don't get that opportunity. I just made the best of it each start I had. I learned a lot in that five-game span. I took it as a building block to use the rest of my career."

Finley, a three-star prospect by 247Sports, was the No. 19 pro style quarterback in the nation coming out of high school. Among the colleges other than LSU that offered him scholarships were Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tulane.