Entering the season, all eyes were on Shea Patterson to lead the Rebels through a tumultuous year. The former No. 1 overall quarterback recruit had played in three games as a freshman, looking great in one (Texas A&M) and below average in the others (Vanderbilt and Mississippi State). Of course, he was knocked out of the LSU game in 2017 with an injured knee and ultimately lost for the remainder of the season.
That was when mostly unheard of backup quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, a junior college transfer from New Mexico, made his mark. Ta’amu went on to complete 66.5 percent of his passes on the year, which would have been a school record if he had thrown enough passes to qualify.


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