LSU Football: What Does QB Hayden Rettig's Transfer Mean For Tigers?

What Does Hayden Rettig's Transfer Mean for LSU?

6/16/14 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Sep 14, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Hayden Rettig (11) before a game against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsThere was plenty of mystery surrounding the quarterback position for the LSU Tigers heading into the 2014 off-season due to the departure of Zach Mettenberger.

Would Anthony Jennings win the job? How about freshman Brandon Harris? Or what about Hayden Rettig?

Well, after LSU's spring game a while back, it seemed clear that the race to be the starting quarterback in Baton Rouge was a two-man race. 

And, ultimately, that's what led to Rettig's announcement that he was transferring from LSU.

Now, he's on his way to the Big Ten to play for Rutgers.

Honestly, Rettig's transfer doesn't mean a whole lot for Les Miles and company. Everyone knew that Jennings was going to battle for the starting job based on his performance last season when Mettenberger got injured.

However, no one was exactly sure how quickly Harris would enter the mix. After watching his play during the spring game, it became pretty obvious that Jennings and Harris would be the two guys battling to start under center while Rettig was the odd man out.

Although Mettenberger excelled in a pro-style offense at LSU, it just seemed to be a case of bad timing for Rettig based on what Jennings and Harris bring to the table.

Rettig is a pro-style quarterback that will likely grow into an outstanding quarterback for the Scarlet Knights, but for the Tigers, Jennings and Harris brought both a passing and running threat to the offense, which should give offensive coordinator Cam Cameron a lot to work with this season.

It's still unclear which quarterback will win the job, but either way, LSU's offense could struggle a bit due to several key departures.

If you add in Mettenberger's departure with the exits of stud wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, there's a whole lot of production that has to be replaced.

One of the two quarterbacks left in this race will be responsible for leading this LSU offense into a new era. If he proves capable of the job, the Tigers will once again compete for an SEC West crown.

Otherwise, it may be a monumental struggle on the offensive side of the ball next season.

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