Who’s Myles Brennan? Meet Joe Burrow’s LSU successor.
Burrow has settled in well in his first two NFL games after being first selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in April. Brennan now has his chance to show his talents and continue LSU’s dominant run when he begins his first career against the state of Mississippi on Saturday afternoon.
Facing an SEC defense is daunting, but the Mississippi native has faced greater challenges in his life. When Brennan was 7 years old, his home in Bay St. Louis, Miss., Was destroyed by the storm surge of Hurricane Katrina. The Brennans had only lived in this house for six months because a fire destroyed their previous home on the same property. For the next four years, he lived with his parents and two brothers on a 70-foot houseboat docked in Destin, Florida.
“We look back on these four years as the greatest of our lives,” says Brennan’s father Owen about the time of the family bond.
The family moved back to Bay St. Louis in 2009, and Brennan eventually became a high school soccer star. The 6-foot-4,210-pounder arrived in Baton Rouge as arguably the most famous quarterback in Mississippi high school history and left St. Stanislaus College High School as the state record holder for passing touchdowns (166) and overtaking of yards (15,138)).
The 21-year-old is the only college-aged Tigers quarterback to have appeared as reserve in 17 competitions, completing 42 of 70 passes for 600 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Brennan has to take advantage of this experience quickly as he will be working with a dramatically different supporting cast than his predecessor.
Star Wideout Ja’Marr Chase, widely expected to be in the top 5 in the 2021 NFL draft, has retired from the 2020 college football season after setting an SEC record for one season, After outstanding seasons last fall, Burrow (5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (1,414 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns) and wide receiver Justin Jefferson (1,540 yards, 18 touchdowns) were selected in the 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns the first round of the NFL draft.
Other key gears in the Tigers national championship, such as linemen Saahdiq Charles, Damien Lewis and Lloyd Cushenberry and Thaddeus Moss, are also in the NFL. Joe Brady, LSU’s 2019 Temporary Game Coordinator / Wide Receivers Coach, left the Tigers in January to become the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron knows that he can keep an eye on this season’s expectations.
“We have a freshman quarterback,” Orgeron said. “I remember when Joe [Burrow] was a first year quarterback. Not everything has always been perfect and I don’t think everything will be perfect. “
With Burrow out of the picture, Brennan is eager to make a name for himself.
“Joe came in here and did his thing. What he did was great and now it’s my turn to do my thing and write my own story, ”Brennan said. “I learned a lot from Joe and took things that he did well and used them to improve. But the past is the past and I’m looking forward to playing this season and on Saturday. “
Orgeron is aware of the uncertainty surrounding Brennan, but trusts his quarterback.
“The only thing we don’t know, and I think he’ll do very well, is how he’ll do it in the fire, and the only way to know that he’ll get in the fire,” Orgeron said. “I trust Myles. He has become a team leader. “
Brennan will also perform in front of an unusually small home audience because of the pandemic. Participation in the kick-off on Saturday in the Tiger Stadium is limited to 25 percent for safety reasons (ie a maximum of 25,580 fans in a stadium with space for 102,321).
Challenges aside, the Tigers face strong favorites on Saturday against the Bulldogs and new trainer Mike Leach, who is known for his heavy air raid crime.
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