LSU Football: Myles Brennan’s biggest improvement that will help him succeed in 2020

LSU football QB Myles Brennan (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
LSU football QB Myles Brennan (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

LSU football will be relying on quarterback Myles Brennan to run the offense in 2020.

No one should envy quarterback Myles Brennan.

The former four-star recruit will have the nearly impossible task of replacing Joe Burrow in 2020.

Brennan could throw for 4,500 yards, 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and still fall well short of the ridiculous numbers that Burrow put up in 2019.

Fans, however, should still be excited about Brennan’s potential. While he’s not Burrow, he’s still a really good quarterback that has the talent to help LSU remain at the top of the college football world.

There’s no doubt that Brennan has the physical skills to be a great quarterback in the SEC. The Mississippi native has a big arm, can throw on the run and has the requisite size to succeed at the highest level of college football.

The concern has been the mental approach for Brennan.

But according to offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, Brennan has improved tremendously in that area. Ensminger told The Athletic recently that sitting behind Burrow for two years helped the rising redshirt junior.

“I think watching Joe stand there with pressure in his face and throw the ball not being bothered, I think he’s learned from that”, said Ensminger to The Athletic. 

LSU’s offensive coordinator also mentioned that Brennan, toward the end of the 2019 season, looked poised in the pocket during practice, noting the absence of “quick feet or jumpiness”.

Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron pointed out last spring that Brennan had taken a big step forward as a leader, saying “He was out there calling the team out, coming in, working on his own, studying film”.

Brennan might not be Burrow, but it sounds like he’s a quarterback who’s ready to take the reigns of the offense in Baton Rouge.

We’re obviously not going to see a LSU offense in 2020 that produces like the 2019 offense.

But the Tigers could still have a high octane offense. Ja’Marr Chase is the best wide receiver in the nation. The offense will also feature wide receiver Terrace Marshall and highly touted incoming freshmen Kayson Boutte and Arik Gilbert.

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Brennan will have plenty of weapons in 2020. As long as he has the mental part down, and it sounds like he does, he shouldn’t have any problems helping LSU compete for another SEC championship.