LSU’s quarterback competition is winding down, and it’s clear who the top two passers are on this team.
Freshman Myles Brennan has emerged, along with returning starter Danny Etling, in this quarterback race, and a decision on a starter is expected next week, coach Ed Orgeron said on Saturday.
The two players attempted 20-plus passes during the Tigers final scrimmage of preseason camp on Saturday, both taking the majority of the first-string snaps and pulling away from others two weeks before the Sept. 2 opener against BYU.
“Haven’t named a starter yet,” Orgeron said following the scrimmage. “We don’t know that yet. We’re very close. I believe that’s going to happen next week. Big discussion with staff about it (Sunday).”
Etling completed 13 of 22 passes for 168 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Brennan, the decorated rookie from the Mississippi Coast, went 10-for-20 for 122 yards, a touchdown and interception. Freshman Lowell Narcisse was 0-for-2 and scored on a rushing touchdown.
Orgeron did not provide stats for redshirt sophomore Justin McMillan. He did not specifically address McMillan when asked about the quarterback.
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Meanwhile, Brennan’s production and opportunities have skyrocketed from the first camp scrimmage (1-fo-4), to the second last week (4-of-8, 107) to Saturday’s third. Despite the separation in statistics from other QBs, Orgeron said he’s not seeing “much” separation behind Etling, and he declined to reveal a pecking order at QB, something coaches will likely determine Sunday or next week, the coach suggested.
Earlier this week, the coach said LSU will "probably" start Etling at quarterback, and he's described him as a the leader throughout much of camp.
Orgeron “hopes”, if they are not the starters, to get Narcisse and Brennan playing time this season, but he’s uncertain if that will happen. The two quarterbacks are “completely different,” he said, and offensive coordinator Matt Canada has been using them in different schemes during scrimmages and practices.
“If we had Lowell in there, we’d run QB runs,” Orgeron said. “He’d be great at it. We had Myles in there, we’d drop back and throw the ball. Completely different quarterbacks. Matt’s offense, he can do both.”
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