LSU Football: Why any talk of a QB controversy is absurd

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LSU football received solid play from true freshman quarterback TJ Finley against South Carolina.

LSU football was able to get back to .500 this weekend after a strong performance against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The Tigers took down South Carolina 52-24 thanks to strong quaeterback play from true freshman TJ Finley, who was forced to start due to an abdomen injury that redshirt junior quarterback Myles Brennan suffered in LSU’s loss to Missouri earlier this month.

Finley finished the game 17-of-21 for 265 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Impressive numbers for a true freshman in the midst of a pandemic (which has severely affected practice).

Was Finely impressive enough to create a quarterback controversy in Baton Rouge?

Some fans think he was, but Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron is having none of it.

LSU football doesn’t have a quarterback controversy

Orgeron was pressed on Saturday after the Tigers’ win against South Carolina about a potential quarterback battle at LSU.

And Coach O made it clear there isn’t one.

“It might be on y’all part. Everybody’s just yearning for it. I can feel it. It ain’t going to be on our part, I can tell you that,” said Orgeron (via Rivals).

“Myles is our starting quarterback. TJ has done a great job. I don’t know when Myles is going to be ready. Myles is going to be our starting quarterback. I do know this: if Myles ain’t doing well then I can put in TJ and feel good about it.”

It’s obviously a great thing that Finley was able to start in place of Brennan and perform well. But to suggest that there should be a quarterback controversy in Baton Rouge is completely absurd.

(This conversation was ignited by comments that ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky made during LSU’s matchup against South Carolina, where suggested that Finley should be the starting quarterback.)

Before Brennan’s injury, he was on a similar pace to Joe Burrow’s incredible 2019 season.

Finley played well on Saturday, but Brennan is playing as well as any quarterback in the nation.

Coming into the 2020 season, no one thought Brennan could even get close to Burrow’s numbers from last season.

And while Brennan won’t replicate those numbers — thanks to a shortened season and the abodomen injury — he’s proved he can be nearly as effective as the legendary former LSU quarterback.

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There’s no quarterback controversy at LSU. Brennan is as good as it gets right now and he’ll be the guy for the Tigers as soon as he’s able to get healthy.