Throughout the recruiting process plenty of coaches made promises to St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron ended up keeping arguably the biggest one, which was to allow the star Rockachaw to compete for the starting quarterback job.
The Coast native gave it a good effort but Orgeron announced Tuesday that returner Danny Etling will open the year as LSU’s QB-1.
Brennan shouldn’t be too disappointed, however, as Orgeron said he’ll be Etling’s primary backup.
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According to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger, Orgeron told Brennan and then Etling about the depth chart, before informing the team.
Brennan beat out Lindsey Scott, who transferred to East Mississippi Community College this summer, redshirt sophomore Justin McMillan and fellow freshman Lowell Narcisse.
The former Rockachaw continually impressed the coaches and his fellow teammates during fall camp — and he was rewarded with plenty of opportunities, increasing from four attempts in the team’s first scrimmage to eight and 20 the last two.
“The competition was very close,” Orgeron told the media. “We knew (Myles) was going to be a good player. There were some things he did beyond my expectations, but he’s still a freshman. It takes awhile to get used to that big stage. The first scrimmage he was a little nervous in Tiger Stadium. (This) Saturday he threw some outstanding balls.”
Working in BSL
During the spring, Brennan expressed disappointment he couldn’t graduate early like Narcisse and enroll early at LSU. He made the best of it, however, and continued to train in Bay St. Louis during the spring semester.
With an eye toward the start of fall camp, Brennan remained a no-nonsense quarterback, focused on competing once he arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“I know what I’m going to have to do. I think about it every day,” Brennan told the Sun Herald in May. “This is it. I know I have a chance to become the starter and I know what I’m going to have to do. It’s not going to be easy but I know what I have to do to prepare for that and I’m ready for it.”
Brennan clung to the hope Orgeron would keep his word, and, as it turns out, the head Tiger did just that.
Brennan torched Mississippi’s record books during his prep career. The 6-foot-4, 193-pound quarterback helped lead SSC to consecutive Class 4A South State titles as a sophomore and junior. By the time his senior year started, Brennan had already earned the title of Elite 11 quarterback. He went on to complete his prep career with 16,168 yards of total offense, 166 passing touchdowns and 15,138 yards through the air. As a senior, the three-time Sun Herald Player of the Year didn’t actually throw an interception until the playoffs.
Road to LSU
Although Brennan had the numbers and accolades of an elite prospect, his recruitment wasn’t always smooth.
It took a little while for bigger schools to take notice of Brennan. Once they did, however, the attention never ceased until signing day.
Brennan visited LSU last April and ended up committing almost on the spot after receiving an offer. The pledge brought then-LSU coach Les Miles to tears. Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and others later jumped into the fray, but Brennan remained loyal to the Tigers. Brennan gave it some time after Miles was dismissed before reopening his recruitment to weigh his options. In the end, however, Brennan remained loyal to the Tigers, signing with LSU in February.
With the quarterback depth chart squared away, LSU fans can turn their attention to the Sept. 2 opener against BYU in Houston.