LSU's starting quarterback derby is a more crowded affair now with the arrival of highly touted Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow. But sophomore Myles Brennan, a celebrated recruit himself, doesn't sound all that worried by the increased competition.
“It didn’t bother me one bit. I didn’t even blink,” Brennan recently told Crescent City Sports of Burrow coming to LSU. “I can honestly say that I couldn’t care less. I could have taken the easy way out and transferred. It’s the coaches’ job to decide. Nothing is going to change. The best will play.”
Brennan's confident remarks echo a similar sentiment his father, Owen, recently shared with the Biloxi Sun Herald.
"Here's what I think: I think Joe Burrow has three years and 15 pounds on Myles. That's it," Owen Brennan said. "I don't think he has a huge upper hand."
Of course partial to his son, Owen Brennan isn't concerned about his son's place on the team.
"I think he's in a very, very good position to compete for the starting job. I really do," he said. "That's just my opinion. If I thought the opposite, if they were bringing in Tom Brady or something, I'd say, 'hey, Myles, look ...' But I don't see him in that position."
Besides Burrow and Brennan, redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse and junior Justin McMillan are also battling for LSU's starting job. LSU coach Ed Orgeron declined to name a starter after spring practice, saying no one in the Brennan-McMillan-Narcisse trio separated himself.
Burrow will be eligible immediately and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
He redshirted in 2015 at Ohio State and was a backup to starter J.T. Barrett in 2016 and 2017. He played 10 games during his career with the Buckeyes, completing 29 of 39 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Burrow’s best game came in 2016 against Nebraska, when he went 6-for-6 for 62 yards passing and rushed for a touchdown.
A native of The Plains, Ohio, Burrow was a four-star prospect at Athens (Ohio) High School. Burrow as named Mr. Football in Ohio in 2014 as selected by The Associated Press while leading Athens to a state runner-up finish in Division III. Burrow threw for nearly 4,500 yards and 63 TD and only two interceptions as a senior, earning Division III co-offensive player of the year honors.
For his high school career, Burrow threw for 11,400 yards with 157 touchdowns and rushed for 2,000 more yards with 27 TDs.
LSU players report back to campus early in June. Fall camp typically begins late July or early August; an exact start date hasn't been announced.
The season opener is Sept. 2 against Miami at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.