This is a 12-part daily series counting down the days until LSU football begins spring practice on March 11.
Days until spring: 6
Combined games played by QB Myles Brennan: 6
No. 6 provides us with a good opportunity to discuss the favorite in LSU's starting quarterback competition. Brennan, the Bay. St. Louis, Miss. native, is the clear leader in a battle with redshirt junior Justin McMillan and redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse.
For a gauge on this position battle just look to last year, when Brennan, as a rookie after enrolling in the summer, beat out McMillan and Narcisse for the backup gig to Danny Etling. He surpassed a player in Narcisse who enrolled in January of last year and McMillan, who's been at LSU for three years.
This doesn't mean this battle won't be worth watching. Remember, Narcisse was still recovering last year from a second significant knee injury suffered before his senior season of high school, and McMillan is a grizzled veteran.
Still, it was Brennan who got the only significant time at QB last season among the reserves - at one point driving Etling hard for the starting spot. In fact, some members of coach Ed Orgeron's staff last year thought Brennan was the better of the two. The battle between Etling and Brennan in preseason camp in August was as close as advertised.
Brennan's six games played were a mixed bag, but he did show off the weapons that made his such a highly recruited player in the 2017 cycle: a big, accurate arm, quick release and heady decision making. Let's analyze each of his six game appearances - though the sample size was small.
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- Game 1, BYU: Brennan entered for the final series of a blowout, taking nine snaps, eight of which were rushing plays. He completed a flare route to RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
- Game 2, UT-Chattanooga: Again, more mop-up duty, but this time he entered the game earlier, making his Tiger Stadium debut late in the third quarter. He played the final four series, completing one of four pass attempts.
- Game 4, Syracuse: Brennan got the most significant minutes of his career, entering with LSU only leading 21-10 in the third. He led a touchdown drive, finished 4-for-6 passing but threw an interception (though WR Drake Davis took the fault for the pick). Coaches re-inserted Etling for the final two drives after the Orange pulled within 28-26.
- Game 5, Troy: Brennan sees the earliest playing time of his career, entering to start the second half with LSU trailing 17-0. Many around the program believe a successful stint for the QB against Troy would have secured him the starting job for the rest of the season. He does throw his first TD pass, but he also tosses an interception, again leading coaches to pull him for Etling. The veteran QB nearly leads the Tigers back, and he retains the starting job for the rest of the season.
- Game 9, Alabama: Brennan saw his first playing time in three games, and it comes on LSU's final drive while on the road at top-ranked Bama with his team down 14 points. He completed 3-of-5 passes and was sacked twice.
- Game 12, Texas A&M: Another round of mop-up duty here. He completed his one pass attempt to Tory Carter for 4 yards to get a first down on third-and-3.
Countdown to LSU spring practice
- 12: number of starters lost from 2017
- 11: number of LSU D-linemen in spring
- 10: combined number of college seasons for Ed Paris and John Battle
- 9: where Johnathan Giles' 2016 season ranked all-time at Texas Tech
- 8: combined regular season starts for returning O-tackles and centers
- 7: fully healthy mid-year enrollees expected to participate in spring
- 6: combined games played by QB Myles Brennan
A pair of LSU running backs, Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams, ran the all-important 40-yard dash at the NFL combine Friday in Indianapolis.