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Name: Max Johnson (Transfer from LSU)
College: Texas AM     Number: 14
Height: 6-4   Weight: 219
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: So/2024

40 Low: 4.88
   40 Time: 4.98
  40 High: 5.10
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Weight: 219

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 Data Scout Notes: 2021: NAC...Transfer from LSU...2020: NAC

 Max Johnson, Texas AM, Player News

  12/10/21 - QB Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  LSU starting quarterback Max Johnson announced Tuesday that he is entering the transfer portal, leaving true freshman Garrett Nussmeier as the Tigers' only scholarship quarterback. Johnson's decision comes just over a week after LSU named Brian Kelly as its new head coach. Kelly was hired away from Notre Dame to replace Ed Orgeron, who resigned effective at the end of the regular season. Johnson, a sophomore, appeared in all 12 regular-season games for the Tigers, completing 60.3% of his passes for 2,815 yards and 27 touchdowns with six interceptions. His younger brother, Jake, the top-rated tight end in the 2022 recruiting class also dropped his commitment to LSU. - Topeka Capital Journal

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  11/27/21 - QB Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  Max Johnson hit Jaray Jenkins with a 28-yard scoring pass down the right sideline with 20 seconds left, and LSU knocked off No. 14 Texas A&M 27-24 on Saturday night to give coach Ed Orgeron a triumphant send-off in his final game in Tiger Stadium. LSU had lost a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and looked to be on the brink its first losing season since 1999 when Johnson, who'd been sacked six times in the second half, came alive on fourth-and-6 from the LSU 19. Johnson kept the )Tigers alive with a decisive pass over the middle to tight end Jack Bech and then hit Jenkins for a 31-yard gain. An 11-yard pass to Malik Nabers put LSU on the 28, setting up the go-ahead score three plays later and setting off a wild celebration in Death Valley while Orgeron smiled from ear-to-ear on the sideline.

LSU linebacker Damone Clark, a Butkus Award finalist, sealed the victory by sacking Aggies QB Zach Calzada twice. The victory gave LSU (6-6, 3-5 SEC) two straight wins to close the regular season as a bowl eligible team. The loss likely relegated Texas A&M (8-4, 4-4) to a less prestigious bowl while ending the Aggies chance for a first 10-win season since 2012. Orgeron, who presided over an undefeated national championship season in 2019 and has gone 11-11 since and agreed back in October to step down after this season. One of the coaches LSU was widely believed to be pursuing as a candidate to replace Orgeron is Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, a former LSU offensive coordinator and national championship coach at Florida State who was lured to College Station by former A&M athletic director Scott Woodward, who now holds the same post at LSU. But Fisher has said emphatically that he has no plans to leave the Aggies, who have been competitive since his arrival in College Station in 2017, but have yet to seriously contend in the SEC during his tenure. - LSU/AP College Football


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  09/25/21 - QB Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  Max Johnson passed for 280 yards and four touchdowns to lead LSU to a 28-25 victory over late-rallying Mississippi State on Saturday. LSU (3-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) had only 343 yards offense and was 5 of 32 on third down but reeled off several big plays when needed. Mississippi State (2-2, 0-1) dominated the stat sheet with 486 yards offense and 12 third-down conversions, but turned the ball over twice inside the LSU 30-yard line and regularly squandered momentum-building drives. Neither team established dominance early, and LSU led 7-3 at the half. But on the second play of the third quarter, the Bulldogs bit on a play-action fake and Johnson found Kayshon Boutte over the top for a 64-yard score, his second of the day. Later in the quarter, the Tigers confused the MSU defense again on a similar play and Trey Palmer pitter-pattered into the end zone for a 58-yard touchdown, no defender within 20 yards.

As has become their custom, the Bulldogs made a hard push in the fourth quarter. Will Rogers found Makai Polk and Austin for late touchdowns, then with just under two minutes remaining hit Jo'Quavious Marks for a 16-yard score and Malik Heath for the two-point conversion to close the gap to 38-35. But the ensuing onside kick didn't go 10 yards and the Tigers were able to run out the clock. It was the second straight week MSU misfielded an onside kick late in the game. Johnson was 17-of-27 passing with one interception and Boutte caught four balls for 85 yards. Rogers was 47-of-62 passing for 371 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Marks rushed for 46 yards and had nine catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. - LSU/AP College Football


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  09/19/21 - QB Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  LSU quarterback Max Johnson gave some young, unproven receivers a chance to show what they could do. Their highlight-reel catches gave LSU every reason to keep them involved. Johnson passed for 372 yards and a career-best five touchdowns in less than three quarters, LSU defensive end Andre Anthony returned a fumble for a 33-yard score before leaving with an injury, and the Tigers topped Central Michigan 49-21 on Saturday night. With the Tigers speeding up their tempo and checking less to the sideline before the snap, Johnson completed 26 of 35 passes. "Went up-tempo to get some juice and get some things going," Johnson said, adding that the faster-pace "helped us a lot. It allowed us to get lined up - and our opponent didn't." Deion Smith, a freshman who had one catch through LSU's first two games, had touchdown catches of 28 and 40 yards in the first quarter as the Tigers (2-1) raced to a 21-0 lead.

Freshman tight end Jack Bech caught five passes for 81 yards, highlighted by his one-handed, back-shoulder, 20-yard touchdown catch along the left sideline. "Everyone saw what we are capable of tonight," Bech said. "My confidence is growing each game and we are going to put the country on notice." LSU coach Ed Orgeron figured it was only a matter of time before Smith and Bech head breakout games. "It was fun to see them do it in Tiger Stadium; I've been seeing them do it all the time in practice," Orgeron said. "Those guys are going to be tremendous." - LSU/AP College Football


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  09/12/21 - QB Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  LSU coach Ed Orgeron was happy to get his first victory of the season, but still knows there is plenty of work to do. Max Johnson threw for 161 yards and three touchdowns and LSU beat McNeese 34-7 Saturday night. "Not good enough offensively," Orgeron said. "It starts with protection; we must protect the quarterback better. We have to continue to improve and hopefully we will get better when we get some of our linemen back." LSU's defense held the Cowboys to 142 yards total offense.

After sputtering last week in a season-opening loss to UCLA, the LSU (1-1) offense still struggled against McNeese, gaining just 262 yards of total offense through the first three quarters and scoring just 24 points on an FCS opponent. "I'm a little surprised with how much we have struggled (offensively) these first two weeks," Orgeron said. "We want to get our athletes in space; but right now the protection is preventing it from working. If we can't protect the quarterback; it isn't going to work." Taking advantage of McNeese's (0-2) lack of depth, LSU pulled away with 10 points in the final quarter. "We weren't in a good mood coming back from Los Angeles," Orgeron said. "It didn't matter who our opponent was this week; we focused on LSU getting better." The LSU defense, however, bounced back with a stellar performance, allowing a single score on the night when senior quarterback Cody Orgeron found Carlo Williams for a 44-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. "I was very pleased with how we played defensively," Orgeron said. "Particularly with our pass rush." Freshman defensive tackle Maason Smith led the way for LSU with three sacks and six total tackles. - LSU/AP College Football


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  08/15/21 - QB Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  LSU football coach Ed Orgeron may be down to two scholarship quarterbacks with the injury to Myles Brennan this week, but that does not mean his offensive strategy will be overly protective of starter Max Johnson. "I think you have to do the things that you have to do to win just like we did with Joe," Orgeron said in reference to former quarterback Joe Burrow, who often ran with reckless abandon in 2018 and '19. "We ran quarterback draws with Joe. He scrambled. He made plays with his feet against Georgia (SEC Championship Game win in 2019). He made plays when he had to," Orgeron said after LSU's first practice of the preseason Friday.

LSU had three scholarship quarterbacks in 2019 with Brennan behind Burrow, but the third one was inexperienced true freshman Peter Parrish. "I think you have to limit things. Max wants to be a drop-back quarterback. We talked about that. I don't think we're going to have 15 different quarterback runs," Orgeron said. "He's a passer, but there's some things that we have to do to challenge the defense to win the game." Johnson rushed 18 times for 52 yards while completing 21 of 36 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-34 win at No. 6 Florida last season in his first collegiate start. - Lafayette Daily Advertiser


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  08/13/21 - QB Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  The son of Super Bowl-winning quarterback Brad Johnson, he was taught from an early age to focus on daily individual improvement instead of competing with his teammates for spots. "I don't look at it the same way people do," Johnson's father said. "I look at it as you're always in competition with yourself. There's only one quarterback that gets to play, and you've got to be ready for when your moments come." Johnson has always prepared for that moment. He received an early and detailed education on football from his father, who showed him how to complete three-, five- and seven-step drops in elementary school. They began film sessions in eighth grade, and the instruction grew from there until Johnson arrived at LSU.

Everything Johnson learned from his father, combined with his naturally composed persona, helped him win both of his starts last season. As Johnson played, coach Ed Orgeron recognized some of the same qualities he saw in former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, whose father was a coach. They carried themselves with poise. They looked serious. They displayed an internal drive to win. They were mobile. Neither of them said much at first. "He's tall, he's smart and can see a lot of things," Orgeron said. "There are some things he has to improve on, but he's a young player and that's more or less things (offensive coordinator Jake Peetz) can work on with him. But I do believe he can be a championship quarterback." - Baton Rouge Advocate


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  08/07/21 - QB Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  Once expected to compete for the starting job throughout preseason practice, Johnson became LSU's quarterback after Myles Brennan broke his left arm earlier this week while preparing for a fishing trip. The injury required surgery Tuesday morning, and while the timeline for Brennan's recovery remains unclear, Johnson will enter the season as LSU's starter. Brennan's injury immediately affects the Tigers' depth, but his absence will give Johnson extra first-team reps, more opportunities to establish connections with receivers and time to work with new offensive coordinator Jake Peetz. All of that could help Johnson throughout his sophomore year. - Baton Rouge Advocate

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  08/04/21 - QB Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  The day after Myles Brennan suffered a left arm injury that required surgery, coach Ed Orgeron confirmed the suspected: LSU will start sophomore Max Johnson at quarterback, ending the competition that would have taken place between Brennan and Johnson throughout preseason camp. Orgeron had anticipated LSU would determine its starter the week before its season opener Sept. 4 against UCLA, but Brennan broke a bone in his left arm Monday morning, according to a source. Orgeron said during his weekly appearance on WNXX-FM, 104.5 that Brennan underwent surgery Tuesday.

"Surgery went really well," Brennan later wrote on social media. "Thank y'all for all the prayers. God's got me." The injury left LSU with two scholarship quarterbacks - Johnson and freshman Garrett Nussmeier - when preseason practice starts Friday. Nussmeier will become LSU's primary backup while freshman walk-on Matt O'Dowd gets elevated to third string, Orgeron said. "Obviously, Max is going to be our starter, but he's got to have a great camp," Orgeron said. "The depth chart is etched in sand. He knows he's got to perform, but I believe in Max, just like I believe in Myles. I think we've got us a great quarterback, a great championship quarterback." As Orgeron spoke further about moving forward with two healthy scholarship quarterbacks, he recalled the 2018 season, using the past as a reason to find confidence in the future. - Baton Rouge Advocate


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  03/19/21 - QB Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  Just who would be LSU's starting signal caller was one of the biggest questions going into this offseason, especially with Myles Brennan returning from an abdominal injury that ended his 2020 season after just three games. But it wasn't Brennan who took the first snaps on LSU's first day of spring practice on Tuesday. LSU coach Ed Orgeron said returning freshman Max Johnson, who led LSU to dramatic comeback victories in last year's final two games, was the player who went under-center first.

Orgeron said he told Johnson he'd be getting the first snaps going into the day's practice, and that it's considered a reward for the young player who helped prevent the Tigers from having their first losing record since 1999. "There's one quarterback that's 2-0 on campus here," Orgeron said, "and that's him." Still, Orgeron said all the quarterbacks took equal reps during Tuesday's practice, and that "there's no favorite" in a competition that'll likely carry over the next month, perhaps more. "The competition is open," Orgeron said, "and the best man is going to win." - Baton Rouge Advocate


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  12/14/20 - QB Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  DEC 14 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Max Johnson, QB, LSU,...In first career start, the true freshman led LSU to a 37-34 win over No. 6 Florida in Gainesville...Became first true freshman quarterback in LSU history to beat a team ranked in the Top 10 in first career start...Completed 21-of-36 passes for 239 yards and 3 TDs - all career-highs - in the win...His 3 TDs and 21 completions were the most of any LSU true freshman in their first career start...Added 52 rushing yards on 18 attempts...It also marked the first time in LSU history that the Tigers threw 3 TD passes in a game played in Gainesville...Did not have a turnover as the Tigers possessed the ball for nearly 32 minutes with 418 yards of total offense and 24 first downs...Two of his 3 TD passes went to true freshmen, including a 4-yard strike to Tre Bradford that put the Tigers up 34-31 with 13:14 left in contest...With score tied at 34-34, directed LSU on a 9-play, 36-yard drive capped with the game-winning 57-yard field goal with 23 seconds left. - SEC Football

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  12/12/20 - QB Max JohnsonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-4, 219 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  There were no shortage of eye-popping moments in this LSU-Florida game. Cade York's 57-yard field goal. Marco Wilson's inexplicable shoe toss. The dense fog that rolled in late and covered the Swamp. Kyle Trask's three turnovers in the second quarter, including maybe the wackiest interception ever. For the Tigers, those will be fond memories. For the Gators, they will be nightmares. Max Johnson threw three touchdown passes in his first college start, York delivered the kick of his life with 23 seconds remaining and reigning national champion LSU stunned No. 6 Florida 37-34 on a cool and foggy Saturday night in the Swamp.

York drilled his kick through the eerie elements and the uprights after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Florida's Wilson, who threw tight end Kole Taylor's size 14 shoe following a third-down stop. LSU would have punted. Instead, the Tigers got a first down and moved into York's long-distance range. The Gators (8-2) had a final shot, and Trask got them in position to tie. But Evan McPherson was wide left from 51 yards on the final play. LSU (4-5) celebrated wildly all over the field. Johnson had a lot to do with the outcome. The son of former Super Bowl champion Brad Johnson repeatedly torched Florida's beleaguered defense. He threw for 239 yards, nearly half of them (108) to Kayshon Boutte, and ran for 52 more. - LSU/AP College Football


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