LSU Football: The reason Myles Brennan didn’t leave Baton Rouge

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

LSU football’s offense will be led by quarterback Myles Brennan in 2020.

Before the 2018 season started, Myles Brennan was expected to be LSU football’s starting quarterback.

But a grad transfer from Ohio State named Joe Burrow changed those plans.

Burrow won the job just before the 2018 season started, and then proceeded to become a legend in 2019, throwing for 60 touchdowns while leading LSU to a 15-0 season.

When Brennan lost the job to Burrow in 2018, it would’ve been easy for the former four-star quarterback to transfer. After all, at that point he knew if Burrow had any success at all in 2019 that 2019 would bring another year of sitting on the bench in Baton Rouge.

Did Brennan consider transferring?

Of course he did. In fact, he recently told Fox 8 that he contemplated a transfer, but quickly realized LSU was where he needed to be.

And that was mostly because of Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron.

"Coach O has always been behind me. He’s always liked who I am. He’s liked that I’ve stuck with LSU through this whole process. I feel like he trusts me, and I trust him. I feel like to have a coach like that, not only a players’ coach, a coach who’s willing to do anything for his players especially me, it’s been very helpful and positive in my situation. So I’m very grateful for that."

Brennan sticking around at LSU to sit on the bench for two years isn’t normal. At least not in today’s college football world.

But it’s incredibly refreshing.

It’s abundantly obvious after the last two seasons that Burrow was the right choice in 2018. And there’s absolutely no doubt that Brennan is better prepared to lead LSU’s offense in 2020 because he sat behind Burrow for two seasons.

The fact that Coach O was able to keep Brennan in Baton Rouge is a testament to who he is as a head coach. There aren’t many coaches who could bring in a grad transfer quarterback with very little experience and give them the job over a sophomore and still have the ability to build trust with the player who didn’t get the starting job.

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But that’s Coach O for you. And that’s why LSU isn’t going to slow down anytime soon.