LSU Football: How the Tigers should handle Myles Brennan’s injury against Auburn

LSU Football QB Myles Brennan (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
LSU Football QB Myles Brennan (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

LSU football quarterback Myles Brennan missed last week’s win against South Carolina due to injury.

Will LSU football quarterback Myles Brennan play against Auburn this weekend?

That’s the biggest question of the week for the Tigers.

Brennan didn’t play in LSU’s win against the South Carolina Gamecocks this past weekend due to an abdomen injury that was suffered in the Tigers’ win against Missouri earlier this month.

True freshman TJ Finley played exceptionally well in Brennan’s absence, passing for 265 yards and two touchdowns (with one interception).

While Finley performed well, there’s no doubt this is Brennan’s team. LSU’s offense is better with Brennan under center. The Tigers obviously want him out there.

But should he return against Auburn this weekend?

LSU football shouldn’t rush Myles Brennan back

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron was non-committal this week when asked about Brennan playing against Auburn this weekend.

“I don’t know if he’s gonna play. It all depends how practice goes this week,” said Orgeron this week (via Rivals). “We’re only gonna do about 25 percent with him today and see what he can do and how he’s feeling. He’s probably gonna be sore.”

This is all I need to hear. Brennan needs to sit this weekend.

LSU’s offense — even without Brennan — is more than good enough to beat Auburn.

Gus Malzahn’s Tigers are currently No. 70 in the nation in scoring offense (24 points per game). LSU just put up 52 without Brennan against South Carolina (the Gamecocks only gave up 22 to Auburn this season).

LSU doesn’t need Brennan this weekend. But they will definitely need him against Alabama on November 14, which has one of the best offenses in the nation.

Sitting Brennan this week would give him three full weeks to get healthy (LSU has a bye after this week) for Alabama.

And that’s when the redshirt junior will be needed the most.

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The smart move is to sit Brennan, roll with Finley, and hope to get true freshman Max Johnson some reps, too.

Any other plan just wouldn’t make sense.