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LSU Names Joe Burrow Starting QB for Season Opener vs. Miami

After a highly competitive quarterback battle throughout the offseason, Ed Orgeron finally has his man.

Junior Joe Burrow earned the nod over sophomore Myles Brennan for LSU’s season opener vs. Miami on Sunday night from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Earlier on Monday, Miami coach Mark Richt made an educated guess on LSU’s starting quarterback.

“We think it’s going to be Burrow…” Richt said to the Miami Herald. “But we’ll see.”

Richt adds that Burrow is a “super mobile guy” that the Hurricanes have to be aware of as a dual-threat.

The 6-foot-4, 216-pound Burrow is a graduate transfer from Ohio State. He’s appeared 10 games as a backup, completing 29 of 39 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while adding a rushing touchdown.

“Joe is an outstanding quarterback. And he’s a game changer. He’s a difference maker. But he’s going to have to do it here,” Orgeron said to The Advocate. “All the things we heard about him are true. He’s smart. He’s tough. He’s got accuracy. And we wanted him. What we saw on film, we wanted him.”

Meanwhile the 6-foot-4, 193-pound Brennan saw action in six games as a freshman and in the first half of the season he totaled 14-of-24 passes for 182 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

“Either quarterback could have won out,” Orgeron said to LSU Sports.net.

Orgeron raved that Brennan is much improved heading into this season.

“Myles is 10 times better than he was in the spring,” Orgeron said to The Advertiser. “Ten times better. His understanding of the offense is better. Sitting in the pocket, he was under a lot of duress in the spring. It wasn’t his fault. He was under tremendous pressure from the rush. Our offensive line has gotten better. He throws the ball very well. He has a cannon for an arm. I feel like he’s going to be a great quarterback at LSU.”

No. 25 LSU vs. No. 8 Miami is slated for a 7:30 p.m. (EST) kickoff on Sept. 2 and will be televised on ABC.

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