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LSU’s Myles Brennan ends football career: QB struggles at two as sixth-year senior departures program

LSU quarterback Myles Brennan has elected to retire from football, the program announced Monday. Brennan, a sixth-year senior, was thrust into a three-way summer battle with Arizona State transfer Jayden Daniels and redshirt rookie Garrett Nussmeier for the starting job under center.

“We are grateful to Myles for all he has done for LSU football,” LSU coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “Myles is a great leader who has had a huge impact on this program and has earned the respect of everyone here through his commitment and love for LSU.”

Brennan was a promising rookie in the class of 2017, but unfortunate circumstances prevented him from being truly cemented as a Tigers starter. The Mississippi native supported Joe Burrow for two seasons and was set to be the full-time starter in 2020, but suffered an injury just three games into the season. In 2021, Brennan once again had a chance to win the starting job but broke his arm off the pitch which kept him sidelined for the entire season.

With Brennan gone, the Tigers are down to Daniels and Nussmeier battling for the starting green light. Daniels threw for over 6,000 yards and rushed for nearly 1,300 during his college career, while Nussmeier completed 50.9% of his passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman.

A snake bitten career

Expectations were high when Brennan took to campus as an iconic member of Ed Orgeron’s first full recruiting class in Baton Rouge. Ranked the No. 4 pro-style passer by 247Sports, Brennan threw more than 15,000 yards at St. Stanislaus, a high school about an hour from New Orleans. He lined up behind Burrow before he got his chance, but suffered a brutal abdominal injury on his third start in the pandemic-shortened season.

Incredibly, his 2021 injury – a broken arm from a freak accident while fishing – was even more unlucky. He entered the transfer portal for a spell in November, but eventually returned to campus after Orgeron’s coaching change to Kelly.

Brennan has shown great promise, completing 60.2% of his passes for 1,712 passing yards and 13 touchdowns in 20 career games. He was incredible in his first three games for the Tigers in 2020, throwing for 1,112 yards and 11 touchdowns. However, the blow he took against Missouri which injured his midsection turned out to be the last play of his football career.

Tough competition

The LSU quarterback’s play has been mixed since Burrow led the Tigers to the national championship in 2019. After Brennan’s injury, LSU had to throw rookie Max Johnson to Wolves to close out the 2020 season. He’s fared much better played in a breakout year in 2021 but instead opted to transfer to division rival Texas A&M.

Now LSU must choose from a pair of quarterbacks who have never started in the SEC. Daniels hit a milestone as a junior at Arizona State, completing 65.4% of his passes for 710 yards, but his 10-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio left a lot to be desired. He will need to ramp up his treatment time at LSU in order to meet the challenge of playing against aggressive defensive backs at SEC West.

Nussmeier has more natural arm talent than Daniels, but made plenty of freshman mistakes. He was thrust into major action against Arkansas last season and threw a grueling interception that set up a game-winning field goal for the Hogs. To complicate matters, Nussmeier missed the first scrum with an ankle injury.

Entering his first season with the program, Kelly has a tough decision ahead of him as he chooses between experience and potential.

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