LSU coach Ed Orgeron finally believes he’s found a quarterback.
He just doesn’t know which of the three it is.
“Somebody’s got to step up. That’s been the question at LSU for a long time. We feel like we have three outstanding quarterbacks and a great quarterback coach in Steve Ensminger,” Orgeron said during a radio interview Thursday morning. “I think it’s finally going to happen. I see talent in all these three guys. I believe we’re finally going to have a quarterback that LSU’s been looking for for a very long time.”
The Tigers open spring practice on Sunday, and Orgeron named the quarterback position as the biggest challenge of spring ball, he said on ESPN 104.5 FM’s Off The Bench. Sophomore Myles Brennan, redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse and redshirt junior Justin McMillan are expected to compete for the job of replacing Danny Etling. Brennan, the backup to Etling last season, is seen as the favorite.
Whoever the quarterback, they’ll operate out of a multiple offense that’s still in the building phase. Coaches have been working 8 a.m. to noon each day in constructing LSU’s playbook, the coach said.
The offense is “25 percent” installed with plenty more work to do over the spring, summer and preseason camp.
“We still have a long way to go,” Orgeron said. “We’ve been taking our time, building the foundation and doing it right. I tell you, a great addition to our staff is (offensive line coach) James Cregg. He’s been tremendous with our offensive line, brought in a tremendous run game.”
- Not 100: Mid-year enrollee Terrace Marshall is not yet full strength, as The Advocate reported last month. Orgeron said the highly touted receiver is about “75-80 percent” recovered from a serious ankle injury he suffered in Game 2 of his senior season. His participation in spring was not made clear by the coach, but Marshall is running and he “looks good, smooth.”
- In the backfield: Senior Nick Brossette will “start off” No. 1 in LSU’s running back group, Orgeron said. The Tigers lost two of the school’s all-time bests in back to back years in Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice. Orgeron listed sophomore Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Lanard Fournette and Tae Provens behind Brossette. “We’re going to do what those guys can do best,” he said. “I think all those guys bring a different skills set. None of them are established like Leonard was or Derrius was, but I think they’re going to do a fine job. I think Nick does a fine job of running the zone game, a big part of our run game. Clyde can make you miss. He’s tough.”
- On the line: Junior college transfer Badara Traore will anchor LSU’s offensive line, as he’s been playing at the left tackle position, Orgeron said. Lloyd Cushenberry is in the lead to replace Will Clapp at center, but freshman Cole Smith is “right behind him,” Orgeron said. On defense, Breiden Fehoko will be LSU’s starting “left end,” the coach said, likely opposite Rashard Lawrence.
This is a 12-part daily series counting down the days until LSU football begins spring practice on Sunday.