BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said quarterback Myles Brennan is questionable for Saturday’s game against South Carolina and a report has surfaced he suffered an abdomen injury.
He added Brennan has a “significant injury to his lower body.” Coach O didn’t elaborate on specifics about the injury.
Brody Miller of “The Athletic” reported Brennan has a torn muscle in the abdomen. He added Brennan played three quarters against Missouri with the injury. The fourth-year junior quarterback responded to the story via Twitter.
“He was not going to play last week,” said Orgeron. “We expected him back early during the week. I just talked to Jack [Marucci]. He’s questionable. Taking a little bit more time for him to heal. He’s going to be questionable for the game.”
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The backups, Max Johnson and TJ Finley, are both true freshmen.
“To be honest, they both had fantastic weeks. Both of them are very impressive. I believe both of those guys have NFL talent at quarterback. Now they haven’t been in a live action, they’re both freshmen. We’re going to practice both of those quarterbacks this week. We’re going to tell them whoever has the best week is going to start. I plan on giving them both a chance during the game, either one starts, I want to see what they can do. The only way to do it is in live action,” Orgeron explained.
Finley, known more of a pocket passer, weighed around 260 when he first got to LSU but has gotten that down to about 240. According to Orgeron, the weight loss has helped him, referencing a play in practice in which he was able to scramble and get away from the defense.
Orgeron reiterated Johnson is “very fast,” comparing his speed to that of Joe Burrow but a little faster. He added Johnson is a better scrambler than Finley and more of a dual-threat quarterback but Finley possesses the ability to move out of the pocket to avoid the rush.
“I think to be fair to them, after Thursday’s practice we should tell them. Friday morning, I’ll sit down and talk to them, tell them I believe in them, tell them they’ll be fine, just do the things they can do. That’s why they were recruited here, why they came here. Both of those guys, I think it really helped they were here last spring. Although we didn’t have spring football, they matured a lot, they have been in the meetings a lot, they know our offense. Again, Steve [Ensminger] is going to have to see what they can do. He knows what both of them can do. Call the game that they can manage in the game,” Orgeron added.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Brennan is the first player in LSU history to throw for 300 yards or more in his first three career starts. He has 1,112 passing yards, 79 completions, and 11 touchdown passes this season. They are all the most of any LSU quarterback in his first three career starts.
Brennan threw for 345 yards against Mississippi State, 337 yards at Vanderbilt, and 430 yards vs. Missouri.
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