And then there were two.
A four-man competition to become the starting quarterback at LSU was cut in half with the news that junior Justin McMillan and redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse have decided to transfer. So that leaves Ohio State graduate transfer Joe Burrow and sophomore Myles Brennan to battle for what head coach Ed Orgeron says is still a competition.
There aren’t many who thought Burrow wouldn’t be the starter when he chose LSU as his landing spot from Ohio State.
From what I’ve witnessed Burrow’s a quiet, unassuming guy in person, but one who demanded attention on the field from the moment he barked out signals with a decibel level louder than the other three competitors combined at the Tigers first practice of training camp.
Former LSU QB Lowell Narcisse talks about Joe Burrow: ‘I’m a fan of Joe’ https://t.co/RGZpbYKY67
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He’s displayed both arm strength and accuracy during the portions of practice that have been open to the media. Orgeron said after practice Wednesday that he’s seen a completely different offense the past couple of days and praised the consistency, intensity, and “better-completed balls.”
At least publicly Orgeron still won’t name a starter, but make no mistake about it, this is Joe Burrow’s job to lose.
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That leaves Brennan as the backup. He saw action in six games last season as a true freshman and for the most part, looked like a true freshman. He did not make great strides in the summer and, quite frankly, was unimpressive in LSU’s Spring Game.
If Burrow does get the nod, it will give Brennan more time to learn and mature physically. At least more time in theory. Brennan would be tasked with leading a Tigers team whose schedule includes four Preseason Top 10 teams ahead of them, and he’ll need to perform.
That is reason for concern. Orgeron admitted as much Wednesday.
Sophomore Andrew Sale is listed third in the quarterback “pecking order”, with preferred walk-on Jared Loving from Riverside Academy fourth. While I don’t know much about Sale, I saw Loving firsthand for the past four seasons playing in the River Parishes, he’s a big kid, a smart kid, with a big arm. It’s somewhat shocking that he didn’t receive more attention on the recruiting trail but with the departures of Narcisse and McMillan that’s turned out to be a good thing for LSU.
Over the next two weeks, building timing and chemistry is vital for the LSU offense. So when the media viewing portion of practice is over and it’s time for the Tigers to really get down to business, you can bet that it’s Burrow getting the first-team reps and will be the man behind center when LSU Opens the season September 2nd against Miami at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.