Weight of a season’s hopes are on LSU quarterback Myles Brennan
LSU’s 195-pound quarterback, who has thrown 24 passes in college football, has to do lot more than gain weight ahead of the upcoming season.
For the Tigers to end up with more than seven or eight wins in 2018, presumed starter Myles Brennan might have to the be next Jake Fromm.
Fromm, the SEC freshman of the year, led Georgia to within a whisker of winning last season’s College Football Playoff championship game.
Fromm started 2017 on the bench for the Bulldogs but when starter Jacob Eason was injured on the third series of the season opener against Appalachian State, Fromm stepped into the lineup.
Fromm was so good that Eason transferred to the University of Washington in March.
In his first six games, Fromm threw more than 15 passes once. He didn’t throw 30 passes in a game until he threw 32 in the title game loss to Alabama.
On Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Brennan was asked about what he learned from Fromm, a player Brennan said he has known since the pair attended the Elite 11 quarterback camp together.
“He made plays when he needed,” said Brennan. “He was smart with the football and he was a leader.”
Fromm inherited a far more talented offensive team than the one Brennan will presumably lead this fall. Georgia had proven tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to whom Fromm could feed the ball. The two combined for 2,572 rush yards in 2017.
Brennan will turn and hand the ball to Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire, a pair which combined for 28 carries for 127 yards last season.
True freshman Chris Curry, a bruising runner who has been favorably compared to Marshawn Lynch, may provide some help in the fall.
At receiver, LSU will need an immediate contribution from Texas Tech transfer Jonathan Giles while the door is wide open for true freshman JaMarr Chase from Rummel to contribute immediately. Experience on the college level outside of Giles at receiver is limited for the Tigers.
The argument can made there is more pressure on Brennan to perform at a high level than any time since Matt Flynn took over the starting quarterback job in 2007.
Eleven years ago, there was only one big question on an extremely talented LSU football team. All wondered if Matt Flynn, a fifth year senior quarterback, was good enough to lead LSU back to championship contention.
Flynn answered that question emphatically, but he was also surrounded by an elite supporting cast.
So, this week as Brennan fielded questions, many about his ongoing endeavor to gain weight. He couldn’t answer this question.
How will he perform under pressure? There is no soft start since the first game for LSU is against the University of Miami in Arlington, Texas.
That season opener is a huge test for Brennan and for offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger. In the offseason, head coach Ed Orgeron canned Matt Canada and promoted Ensminger, a coach he trusts implicitly, to run his offense.
Receivers coach guru Jerry Sullivan was promoted from consultant to passing game coordinator.
At his press conference, Ensminger referenced the movie Miracle, in which USA hockey coach Herb Brooks spoke to his team moments before they took the ice against the powerhouse Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics.
“Great moments are born of great opportunity,” said Ensminger, quoting actor Kurt Russell, who played the role of Brooks.
Ensminger’s chance is intertwined with a talented and inexperienced quarterback, who has lots of inexperience around him.
Great isn’t expected of Brennan or his offensive coaches, but good would sure be welcomed.
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Ed is a New Orleans native, born at Baptist Hospital. He graduated Rummel High School, class of 1975, and subsequently graduated from Loyola University. Ed started in TV in 1977 as first sports intern at WVUE Channel 8. He became Sports Director at KPLC TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles in 1980. In 1982 he was hired as sports reporter…