What to know about LSU football's Jontre Kirklin, expected to play QB in Texas Bowl

Mikey DiLullo
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Following Garrett Nussmeier's decision to not burn his redshirt season, LSU football  may lean on Jontre Kirklin to fill the void at quarterback in Tuesday's Texas Bowl in Houston.

Here's what you need to know about Kirklin:

Sep 14, 2019; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Jontre Kirklin (13) runs after a catch against the Northwestern State Demons during the third quarter at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Converted wide receiver

The fifth-year senior is a wide receiver by trade, having caught 20 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in his college career. He's been used sparingly in the passing game in 2021, catching just four passes for 49 yards this season.

He had the best season of his college career in 2020, making 13 catches for 184 yards and scoring all three of his career touchdowns.

JONTRE KIRKLIN:Wide receiver Jontre Kirklin to play a significant role at QB for LSU in Texas Bowl

Quarterback experience

However, Kirklin hasn't always played wideout. He played quarterback for Lutcher (La.) High School, passing for 2,543 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior. He also served as scout team quarterback for LSU's 2019 national championship team.

Came in with NFL stars

As part of the class of 2017, Kirklin was a member of a recruiting class that made its mark not only in Baton Rouge, but in the NFL. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen, Cleveland Browns safety Grant Delpit and Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Hilaire were all part of the 2017 recruiting class along with Kirklin.