LSU isn’t playing freshman Myles Brennan expecting him to take starter Danny Etling’s job.
Coaches are only giving experience to the Tigers’ backup quarterback position, coach Ed Orgeron said Thursday.
“Danny is our starter. I’m not saying that couldn’t happen (that Myles Brennan becomes the starter),” Orgeron said. “We’re not putting Myles in to take over Danny’s spot. We’re giving him reps in case he has to play. We (didn’t) have a second-team quarterback with reps in a game. Now, Myles has been that guy.”
The rookie will get more snaps this week during Saturday’s game against Troy in Tiger Stadium, Orgeron reaffirmed Thursday, something he said Monday as well. The 25th-ranked Tigers (3-1) host the Trojans (3-1) before they turn to a torrid seven-game stretch starting at Florida next week. All seven games are against conference foes, and four are on the road.
Brennan is likely to only see time if the Tigers are holding a somewhat cushy lead, the coach suggested, similar to last week’s win over Syracuse. Coaches inserted him in the third quarter with LSU up 21-10.
“I plan on Myles again in an opportune situation where the game is still on the line, but we feel like we can put him in and give him some game-time experience,” he said.
Zach Von Rosenberg felt the adrenaline rush surge through him as he awaited Blake Ferguson’s snap.
Will the rotation of Brennan continue in league play?
“We’ll see,” the coach responded. “Take it one game at a time.”
Orgeron called Brennan’s 16-play stint last week against Syracuse “fantastic” on Monday. The freshman from the Mississippi coast made one error, Orgeron said, a wide thrown that was nearly intercepted.
Brennan has made some “tremendous” passes during practice, the coach said. He wants to now see more of them in a game.
“That’s practice. Not in front of 102,000 people,” he said.