Former LSU Quarterback Announces Transfer to Auburn
T.J. Finley, the LSU quarterback that announced his entrance into the transfer portal in early May, committed to Auburn Monday. The freshman Louisiana native was also considering the University of Houston, Penn State, and Alabama.
In his lone season in Baton Rouge, Finley started in five games during the 2020 season. Still, Finley shared time with eventual starter Max Johnson. He finished with 941 passing yards and 34 rushing yards. Overall, Finley passed for 57.1%, five touchdowns and five interceptions.
In the five games that Finley started in, the Tigers went 2-3 with wins only against Arkansas and South Carolina. During that time, LSU lost to unranked Auburn, No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 1 Alabama.
Headlines surrounding the Auburn quarterback room have already been circulating, recently when Jordan Pamer, a quarterback trainer stated that he thought Auburn 2020 starter Bo Nix would be the “number one draft pick.”
While Pinson Valley alumnus Nix was the clear choice at starter during his first two seasons, first-year coach Bryan Harsin now has a quarterback battle on the Plains. Nix has often been criticized for his interceptions - he threw seven in 2020 - which has lead to many Tigers’ fans advocating for a change.
Nix’s Tigers went 6-5 in 2020 with all but one loss coming from ranked opponents. Auburn finished the season with a loss to No. 14 Northwestern in the Citrus Bowl.
Auburn will begin their 2021 campaign with two straight non-conference games against Akron and Alabama State before traveling to Beaver Stadium for a match-up with Penn State. By their third game, it is expected to be announced whether Auburn will go with their new transfer or stick with their two-year veteran.