As a fourth-year junior, LSU QB Myles Brennan sat behind Danny Etling and Joe Burrow as the backup. Now, Myles Brennan is worthy and ready to lead LSU in 2020.
But who is Myles Brennan?
A 4-Star Phenom in the Magnolia State
His namesake may sound familiar to folks from Louisiana. Brennan’s family owns and operates the restaurant dynasty that bears his name that includes Commander’s Palace, a New Orleans institution.
He starred at St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. As a four-year starter, Brennan passed for 15,138 yards and 166 touchdowns. He was named the Biloxi Sun Herald Player of the Year three consecutive years (2014-2016). Brennan owns the Mississippi state career passing record and he set the state single-season record with 5797 yards in 2014, as a sophomore.
As a senior, he was rated the #6 Pro-style quarterback in the nation by 247sports.com.
He committed to the Tigers in 2017.
Sitting and Waiting
Brennan arrived in Baton Rouge as a skinny quarterback at 6-4, 193 pounds. He worked hard to put on weight and then had to sit as transfer quarterback Danny Etling took over the starting job in 2017. In six games, Brennan threw for 182 yards with one TD and one interception.
In 2018, Burrow transferred in from Ohio State and won the starting job. Brennan sat again, waiting and learning. He played in only one game, throwing for 65 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. The Tigers finished 10-3.
The 2019 season was one for the ages as the Tigers were a team of destiny. As Joe Brady called the plays, LSU went to the spread offense and never looked back. With Burrow at the helm, the Tigers went 15-0 and won the 2019 National Championship in a 42-25 victory over Clemson in the Louisiana Superdome.
As the backup, Brennan learned from Burrow, Brady, and Ensminger. He saw action in 10 games in 2019, passing for 353 yards and one TD and one interception, mostly in mop-up duty.
His career numbers at LSU: 600 yards passing, 2 TDs, 3 INTs.
Why Myles Brennan is Worthy and Ready
As a junior, this is Brennan’s fourth year under offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger. He has been patient and paid his dues. Brennan has also put on 25 pounds and stands 6-4 and is a solid 218 pounds.
Before the Coronavirus pandemic shut down the U.S., the Tigers managed to get in a couple of spring practices. Ensminger was impressed with Brennan, noting that he was more confident at the line of scrimmage and exhibited improved leadership skills.
Brennan is looking to create chemistry with his teammates. He has earned the confidence of Ensminger and head coach Ed Orgeron.
He leads a quarterback room that includes freshmen quarterbacks Peter Parrish, Max Johnson, and T.J. Finley.
The 2020 Tigers
LSU lost 9 underclassmen from their national championship team, including WR Justin Jefferson, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and TE Thaddeus Moss.
Brennan has the best wide receiver in the country to throw to in Ja’Marr Chase. As the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner, Chase caught 84 balls for 1780 yards and 20 touchdowns. LSU also returns WR Terrace Marshall (46 catches, 671 yards, 13 TDs) and Racy McMath (17 catches, 285 yards, 3 TDs, over 16 yards per catch). Plus, the Tigers return their top three running backs.
The Tigers also hired a 30-year coaching veteran in former NFL coach Scott Linehan as the new Passing Game Coordinator. With Linehan and Ensminger calling the plays, Brennan will be in capable hands.
One thing is for sure, he can’t be Joe Burrow. He has to be Myles Brennan and play the position as he knows how to play it. As the most experienced quarterback on the roster, Brennan is ready to lead LSU in 2020.
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