LSU QB Brennan decides to hang up his helmet
Published Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 11:00 am
When told that LSU would be leaving with a more run-oriented quarterback, Myles Brennan decided to retire from football.
The sixth-grader, who twice earned the starting spot but lost it due to unusual injuries, ends a frustrating six-year career with the Tigers.
He was reportedly told by coaches over the weekend that he would not be the starter this season, a job he had been working and waiting for for six years.
“Myles is a great leader who has had a tremendous impact on this program,” LSU freshman coach Brian Kelly said in a school statement. “He has earned the respect of everyone here through his dedication and love for LSU.
“Myles has always embodied the qualities required to fulfill our mission of becoming a Master and we truly believe that these qualities will help him succeed at every step of his journey.”
The LSU publication indicated that Brennan, who graduated in May 2021, is done with football.
The writing was on the wall after Thursday’s initial scrimmage, when Arizona State transfer Jayden Daniels snapped all but three.
Daniels, a classic dual-threat quarterback, is now the suspected starter, though he and redshirt freshman Garrett Nussmeier evenly split first-string time in Monday practice. Nussmeier missed the first scrimmage with a minor injury.
Kelly specifically emphasized that had Mussmeier been healthy, he would have gotten extensive snaps on the first string.
LSU’s only other scholarship quarterback is Walker Howard, a highly touted freshman.
Brennan was the heir apparent early in his career before Joe Burrow joined LSU and led the Tigers to a 15-0 national championship while winning the Heisman Trophy in 2019, his sophomore season.
Brennan won the starting spot the following season, passing for 1,112 yards and 11 touchdowns before injuring himself in the third game against Missouri.
He suffered a rare abdominal injury that stunned doctors who initially thought he would only be out for a couple of weeks.
It eventually put him back for the year, but he was primed to regain the starting job in the 2021 season. However, just days before training began in August, he slipped on a jetty during a fishing trip and broke his left (non-throwing) forearm.
That, too, kept him away all last season, and at the end of the year he entered the transfer portal.
But he eventually withdrew his name and returned to the Tigers after Max Johnson, who won the job in his absence, moved to Texas A&M.
His return came at Kelly’s urging.