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by TD Staff ReporterAugust 3, 2021
Jacob Reeder / LSU Athletics
Ed Orgeron was on 104.5 ESPN's "Off The Bench" Tuesday morning and talked about Myles Brennan's arm injury that will require surgery and take him out of the starting QB competition.
quote:Brennan's injury will make Max Johnson the starter, Orgeron confirmed on Tuesday. Behind Johnson is true freshman four-star QB Garrett Nussmeier and freshman walk-on Matt O'Dowd.
"Very unfortunate. You know Myles was competing, he was fighting to be the starting quarterback at LSU, he fought Max, and he had a great spring, and a great summer. Had an unfortunate accident," Orgeron said.
"He's getting operated on this morning. Our prayers are with Myles and his family. His dad, his mom took it hard, I'm sure Myles took it hard. I didn't get to talk to him yet, I called him yesterday, but I'm sure he's very upset, but we're going to follow him all the way through this."
"You know the first thing that Myles' family wanted to know is eligibility left, what is the timeline for him to come back, when can he compete to come back and finish his career at LSU, and you got to appreciate that."
quote:Orgeron went on to talk about how they need to be careful with Johnson and the play-calling now that the depth at quarterback has taken a hit.
"Obviously Max is going to be our starter. He's got to have a great camp. The depth chart is etched in sand, and he knows he's got to perform, but I believe in Max just like I believe in Myles. We've got us a great quarterback, a great championship quarterback."
"Garrett's going to have to step up. Garrett's a very talented young man, I'm glad we got him. He's just going to have to learn the offense, step up and be able to take care of the football. He had some unfortunate picks in the spring, but I know he's going to get better with experience," the coach said."
And then Matt O'Dowd, I'm glad we got a walk-on quarterback. He becomes the third-string quarterback, but we've got to keep Max healthy. That's going to be the key."
"It reminds me of 2018 again when we had Joe Burrow and Myles Brennan," Orgeron said.
"We only had two quarterbacks on scholarship and we did very well. There are some things that Max does very well, extends plays with his feet, we're going to let him do those things. There are some things that we can do, some things that we can't do. We'll see... We have to be careful on how we use him, no question."
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