McMillan and Narcisse leave LSU

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BATON ROUGE (KALB) -- In the matter of 24 hours, the LSU quarterback depth chart went from four scholarship players to two.

On Tuesday evening, redshirt freshman quarterback Lowell Narcisse announced his intentions to transfer out of the program and the following morning, redshirt junior Justin McMillan did the same. Those two departures leave only sophomore Myles Brennan and junior Joe Burrow in the running for the Tigers' starting quarterback job.

In three seasons with the Tigers, McMillan found it tough to get in the field behind Anthony Jennings, Brandon Harris and later Danny Etling and Myles Brennan. He saw action in just two games as a Tiger, completing his only pass for 19 yards in a 2016 win against Jacksonville State.

McMillan shined his brightest in the 2018 spring game, leading the three quarterbacks with 216 passing yards, but completed just 14 of his 29 passes.

Having already graduated, McMillan will be able to transfer to another FBS school and be eligible to play immediately. That won't be the case for Narcisse who leaves LSU after just two seasons in which, despite the hype, he never stepped on the field.

A St. James High School product, Narcisse redshirted his freshman season while still recovering from a second torn ACL.

The departures of both players is only the latest in the Tigers' quarterback woes. It was at this time last year that quarterback Lindsey Scott transferred out of the program. He is now back in the SEC with Missouri after spending a season as the starting quarterback at East Mississippi Community College.

Scott and Narcisse are one of nine Tiger quarterbacks since 2005 that came to LSU and left after never seeing the field. They, along with McMillan are part of a group of 14 quarterbacks that didn't finish their collegiate careers at LSU.

In the last 10 seasons, only once has LSU ranked in the top 50 in the NCAA in averaging passing yards per game. That came in 2013 when Zach Mettenberger averaged 251 passing yards, ranking 45th in the country. In five of those 10 seasons, the Tigers passing offense was ranked in the hundreds.