LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron passed up a big opportunity this week to confuse everyone — including the Tigers’ week one opponent, the UCLA Bruins.
On Tuesday, during an interview with 104.5 in Baton Rouge, Coach O announced that junior defensive back Derek Stingley Jr and senior offensive lineman Austin Deculus will represent LSU at SEC media days next week.
“Very proud. Can only bring two, I wish I could bring five,” said Orgeron on Tuesday.
(This is the first year that teams can only bring two players to SEC media days. Previously, teams brought three players.)
It’s notable that LSU isn’t bringing a quarterback to SEC media days — especially since the Tigers are in the midst of an intense quarterback battle.
LSU football and Ed Orgeron could’ve confused everyone
LSU not bringing a quarterback to SEC media days isn’t exactly a surprise.
There’s no way Orgeron is going to reveal this early who his starting quarterback is going to be in 2021 (he wants this battle to continue through fall camp).
However, it would’ve been understandable if Orgeron decided to bring redshirt senior quarterback Myles Brennan to media days.
Brennan has been loyal to LSU. He’s waited his turn to be “the guy”. And he’s a tough kid who loves the Tigers. I certainly think he deserves to represent LSU at media days.
Because of those reasons, bringing Brennan to Birmingham wouldn’t have been a signal that LSU had chosen its starting quarterback. It would’ve simply been a veteran player getting a chance to represent LSU on a national stage.
If anything, bringing Brennan to Birmingham would’ve confused UCLA and everyone who closely follows college football. And we know that college head coaches love to confuse folks.
I totally get not bringing Brennan. And I think Stingley and Deculus are two great choices by Orgeron.
But I still think Coach O missed a chance here to accomplish two goals with one very savvy move.