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LSU quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. (14) drops back for the pass in the first half of LSU's spring game, Saturday, April 22, 2017, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Redshirt freshman quarterback Lindsey Scott, a former Zachary High School star, is leaving the LSU football program, he announced in a tweet Monday.

Scott, a 5-foot-10, 210-pounder who was the Gatorade Louisiana Football Player of the Year in 2015, is the 11th player to leave the program this offseason and the second since preseason camp began two weeks ago, joining presumed starting guard Maea Teuhema.

"It has been an honor to wear the purple and gold," Scott wrote in his goodbye message. "I have, however, decided that it is in my best interest to leave LSU and begin a new journey."

Scott never played a down for the Tigers. He redshirted last season and entered preseason camp fighting for the top backup position behind Danny Etling. Two weeks into camp, the pecking order behind the fifth-year senior Etling is growing clearer.

True freshman Myles Brennan, a highly touted, 6-4, 195-pounder from the Mississippi coast, is surging up the depth chart. Brennan and Etling were the only quarterbacks to receive first-team snaps during the second scrimmage of camp Saturday, coach Ed Orgeron said.

Orgeron said last week that the backup quarterback job was still open and that Scott was "tied" with the three other reserves: Brennan, third-year sophomore Justin McMillan and freshman Lowell Narcisse. Etling has a firm grasp on the starting job, but even that competition is still in progress, the coach said.

Scott's next destination is not finalized, but he could go the junior-college route. He would be immediately eligible to play this season at a junior college and could return to a major college program next year if he were to graduate from junior college this year.

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LSU confirmed Scott's transfer later Monday, and Orgeron released a statement: "I had a very good talk with Lindsey this morning and we talked about his future. He is a great young man from a great family. We wish him all of the best in the future."

Scott joins 10 other players to transfer from the program this offseason, an unusually high number that's likely, in part, due to the coaching change. The list: Teuhema, quarterback Brandon Harris (North Carolina), cornerback Saivion Smith (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC), receiver Jazz Ferguson (Northwestern State), defensive tackle Travonte Valentine (TBA), offensive tackle Chidi Okeke (Tennessee State), center Andy Dodd (McNeese State), defensive lineman Isaiah Washington (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC), offensive tackle Willie Allen (Tyler Junior College) and Seth Stewart (TBA), a 2017 offensive tackle signee who spent just a few days with the program in June. 

Despite the exodus, the Tigers were assumed to have filled their limit of 85 scholarships earlier this month by signing Justin Jefferson, a receiver from Destrehan High. 

Scott's decision is one many saw coming. The Tigers signed two physically gifted quarterbacks in 2017: Brennan and Narcisse, both ranked in the top 10 at their position (pro-style and dual threat, respectively).

Scott signed with the Tigers in 2016 after a late scholarship offer from then-offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. He was ranked the 26th-best dual-threat QB in the class, according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings. He had previously committed to Syracuse.

His departure continues an unsettling trend at LSU of quarterbacks leaving. He's the 13th quarterback, among the 16 the school signed from 2005 to 2016, to leave the program, be dismissed or change positions. That excludes Etling and McMillan, who remain on the roster.


QB AND OUT

Lindsey Scott is the latest LSU quarterback to leave before the completion of his college career, a trend at the school over the past decade: 

Note: In a study conducted last year, The Tuscaloosa News found only 37.2 percent of the 121 quarterbacks who signed with SEC teams in the previous 10 classes closed their career at the school where they originally signed.

Signing classes: 12

Quarterbacks signed: 18*

Completed career at LSU: 3 (italicized below)

Dismissed, departed or switched positions: 13

Didn't play a down/attempt a pass at LSU: 8

* — Includes Danny Etling and Justin McMillan, who are still on the roster

  • Ryan Perrilloux (2005)
  • Jarrett Lee (2007)
  • Andrew Hatch (2007)
  • Jordan Jefferson (2008)
  • Russell Shepard (2009)
  • Chris Garrett (2009)
  • Zach Lee (2010)
  • Zach Mettenberger (2011)
  • Jerrard Randall (2011)
  • Stephen Rivers (2011)
  • Jeremy Liggins (2012)
  • Rob Bolden (2012)
  • Anthony Jennings (2013)
  • Hayden Rettig (2013)
  • Brandon Harris (2014)
  • Danny Etling (2015)
  • Justin McMillan (2015)
  • Lindsey Scott (2016)
Bold: Transferred, dismissed or changed positions
Italicized: Completed career at LSU at QB
Plain text: Etling and McMillan remain on the roster

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