LSU announced Monday that fifth-year junior quarterback Myles Brennan suffered a ‘severe’ left arm injury, leaving his status for the 2021 season in doubt.
“Myles Brennan suffered a severe injury that will require surgery,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said 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.”
The Athletic reported that Brennan broke his humerus bone.
This is a brutal break for Brennan, who became the starter at the beginning of last season as a fourth-year junior. Brennan played well, throwing for 1,112 yards with an 11/3 touchdown-to-interception ratio in three games.
However, a shoulder injury sustained in a 45-41 loss at Missouri in Week 3 ended his season. The Tigers were off to a 1-2 start, but they had lost 14 players to the NFL Draft, saw defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and offensive guru Joe Brady leave for other jobs and had several key players, including first-team All-American WR Ja’Marr Chase, opt out of the season due to COVID-19.
The two losses weren’t on Brennan, though, as LSU produced 34, 41 and 41 points in his three starts.
Brennan was expected to compete with second-year freshman QB Max Johnson for the starting QB job this month. Johnson appeared in six games and started the final two of 2020, leading the Tigers to a 37-34 win at sixth-ranked Florida as 23.5-point road underdogs one week before sparking them to a 53-48 home win over Ole Miss.
For the season, Johnson threw for 1,069 yards with an 8/1 TD-INT ratio. TJ Finley started at QB for LSU in the first five games after Brennan was injured last year. Once Johnson emerged in the final two games, Finely opted to transfer to Auburn.
I remain bullish on LSU -4.5 at UCLA in Week 1. As I noted in this in-depth explanation of that play, I was fine with either Johnson or a healthy Brennan at QB. (DraftKings now has LSU at -4 and FanDuel has had the Tigers at -3.5 for several weeks.)
But if Brennan is out for the season, Johnson will have to stay healthy or else the Tigers will have to turn to a QB that hasn’t attempted a pass for the program.
True freshman Garrett Nussmeier arrived early for spring practice, and it’s a good thing he did. He appears to be one sprained ankle away from being under center.
Nussmeier is the son of former Fresno St., Washington, Alabama and Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who is the current QBs coach for the Dallas Cowboys.
Garrett Nussmeier was a four-star recruit who committed to LSU on May 4 of 2020. The 6-foot-2, 182-pound QB went to Marcus High School in Flower Mound, TX., in the Dallas area. He led the Marauders to an 11-2 record and Texas 6A D-II third-round playoff appearance last year.