The pass wasn’t pretty.
In fact, the ball left Myles Brennan’s hand in anything other than a tight spiral. It found its target, though, floating to LSU freshman running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire for a 12-yard first down.
One for one.
“It was good to get him out there and feel, ‘OK, I’ve actually played, taken a snap, got a completion,’” starting quarterback Danny Etling said. “I was making fun of him a little bit. It was a little wobbly, a little nervous. But that’s OK. A first completion’s a completion.”
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Brennan, the Tigers highly touted signee, played the final series of LSU’s season-opening 27-0 win over BYU last week, a whole nine plays – eight of them rushes. Odds are high he’ll get more action in the home opener Saturday against UT-Chattanooga, a Football Championship Subdivision team.
Coach Ed Orgeron suggested as much earlier this week after Brennan's short, career-opening spell in the Superdome.
“Think about this: He's walking, taking a snap for the Tigers and that was a big deal for him, but I thought he handled that well,” the coach said. “I thought the dump pass to 22 (Edwards-Helaire), he read the linebacker perfect, you could see him, he read the linebacker dumped, dumped it to 22, first down. He's smart. He knows his read. He can throw the football.”
Edwards-Helaire caught Brennan’s only throw, a third-and-4 swing pass, turning it into a first down by jetting down the sideline.
Brennan completed the pass without a wearing his mouthpiece. In fact, he played most of the nine plays without it, something Etling poked at the rookie about afterward. Etling suggested Brennan’s mouthpiece affected his play-calling in the huddle.
“I think everybody wanted to hear him. Sometimes the mouthpiece can make you not as loud,” Etling said. “You just want to make sure, first time out there, that everybody could hear him. I just got on him about the lack of spiral on his first throw. We were all joking around and having fun with it. He did a good job going in there and it was good for him.”
JD Moore felt different when he awoke Sunday morning.
So we meet again
LSU and Chattanooga, a Football Championship Subdivision team, will get together on the football field for just the second time Saturday night.
In their first meeting, on Nov. 6, 1954, the heavily-favored Tigers blew a big lead, but managed to pull out a 26-19 victory before just 11,000 fans in Tiger Stadium.
Chattanooga, which trailed 19-0 at halftime, scored three touchdowns in a 10-minute span of the fourth quarter to tie it before LSU drove 78 yards to the game-winning score with 2:34 to play in the contest.
It turned out to be the second-to-last home game for LSU coach Gaynell “Gus” Tinsley, a former All-American end for the Tigers in the mid-1930s. He went 5-6 in 1954 and was ousted three weeks after the season, leaving his alma mater with a 35-34-6 record. LSU then hired Paul Dietzel to lead the program in 1955.
Matt Canada planned his opening act for a month.
For the second game in a row, Chattanooga will be playing without one of its top players on both sides of the ball.
Senior quarterback Alejandro Bennifield is suspended for the first four games of the season for an NCAA academic issue, according to the Chattanooga game notes. Bennifield, a preseason All-Southern Conference second-team selection, threw 26 TD passes a year ago -- one shy of the school record.
FormerMississippiState quarterback Nick Tiano, a 6-foot-5, 240-pounder, will make his second straight start for the Mocs.
On the other side of the ball, linebacker Dale Warren, a third-team preseason STATS All-American pick, is out for six games for a violation of NCAA rules. Warren, a senior, had 19 stops for a loss among his 91 total tackles a year ago.
Andraez “Greedy” Williams spent an entire month of preseason practice preparing to be LSU’s …