LSU Football: Ed Orgeron’s life got harder and easier in same day

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LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron saw his life get easier and harder on Monday.

And it’s all because of the same situation.

According to a statement from Orgeron, redshirt senior quarterback Myles Brennan suffered an arm injury that will require surgery.

“Myles Brennan suffered a severe injury that will require surgery,” said Orgeron in a statement. “His timeline is yet to be determined. Myles has done everything we have asked of him this summer and was in the fight to be the starting quarterback at LSU.”

Brennan’s 2021 season is officially in jeopardy.

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron doesn’t have a big decision to make now

Losing Brennan is obviously a massive blow to LSU — even though he wasn’t the guaranteed starter in 2021.

Brennan was on an impressive pace in 2021 before being sidelined for the final seven games of the season due to an abdomen injury.

Sophomore Max Johnson was battling Brennan for the starting job at LSU this fall.

With Brennan out indefinitely, it means Johnson is all but guaranteed to be the Tigers’ starting quarterback this fall (barring another injury).

That’s the “easier” part for Orgeron — he doesn’t have to stress over who will be his starting quarterback.

The “harder” part is that Orgeron lost an extremely talented player on Monday. And I’m sure he’d much rather be wrestling with that decision instead of losing Brennan.

After all, we saw last season how quickly plans can change.

True freshman Garrett Nussmeier is now one snap away from being LSU’s starting quarterback (TJ Finley, who started several games for the Tigers in 2020, transferred to Auburn earlier this offseason).

LSU suddenly has a severe lack of depth at the quarterback position. Hopefully, Johnson stays healthy and Brennan recovers quickly.

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But that could be a big ask when playing in a conference as physical as the SEC.