LSU Football: Ed Orgeron confirms the QB battle is down to 2 players

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LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron confirmed this week what we all already knew.

The Tigers’ quarterback battle is down to two quarterbacks — redshirt senior Myles Brennan and sophomore Max Johnson.

When spring practice started, this was a four-man race, between Brennan, Johnson, sophomore TJ Finley, and true freshman Garrett Nussmeier.

Brennan and Johnson, however, were always the favorites.

When Finley, who started five games for LSU last season, hit the transfer portal earlier this month, it signaled that Brennan and Johnson had separated themselves from the pack (there was no way Nussmeier was going to win the job over two quarterbacks with SEC starting experience).

LSU Football head coach Ed Orgeron is candid on QB battle

Orgeron appeared on 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge this week and, of course, discussed the Tigers’ quarterback situation.

Coach O acknowledged that Nussmeier needs more time in LSU’s offensive system.

“Obviously Garrett is going to have a chance, but as we saw in the spring game, and Garrett knows, he will require a little bit more experience,” said Orgeron (via 247Sports). “Those guys (Brennan and Johnson) are neck-and-neck right now. Two great quarterbacks and I believe in both of them.

“Let the best man win,” added Orgeron. “We will go through camp, and we will decide towards the end of camp who is the best quarterback for our football team.”

This battle could really go either way. Brennan has the most experience, but Johnson is 2-0 as the Tigers’ starter (which includes a tough road win against Florida).

Did Johnson find lightning in a bottle last season? Or is Johnson really a better option than Brennan, who was exceptionally good before an abdomen injury cut his season short?

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Those are the questions that will have to be answered this fall before Orgeron can name a starter.