BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU quarterback Myles Brennan has been too sore to practice this week, coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday.
Orgeron said it was “doubtful” Brennan could have been ready to play by Saturday, when LSU was originally scheduled to visit No. 10 Florida. But officials decided Wednesday to postpone the game because of a spike in COVID-19 cases at Florida.
LSU's next scheduled game is now on Oct. 24, when the Tigers are slated to host South Carolina.
Freshmen QBs Max Johnson and TJ Finley have been splitting practice snaps this week, Orgeron said.
“Max and T.J. both had great practices," Orgeron said before the postponement of Saturday's postponement was announced. "They are both equal right now. Both of those young men are doing a great job, and if we have to start one of them, we're going to do it and I'm going to believe in them.”
Orgeron said Brennan's injury occurred when he kept the ball along the right sidelined and took a big upper-body hit from two Missouri defenders near the goal line late in the first quarter of last Saturday's 45-41 loss to Mizzou. Brennan never came out of the game, however.
“He was pretty bruised up," Orgeron said. “He went in at halftime. He was very sore. It was hard for him to rotate to throw the ball, but he went out in the second half and he didn’t blink, so I was very proud of him.”
As for Brennan's backups, Johnson was a top recruit out of Georgia. His father is former NFL QB Brad Johnson, who won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Finley is from southeast Louisiana and was rated by recruiting analysts as the state's top high school quarterback in 2019.
“Max is probably more of a runner a little bit. TJ has a strong arm," Orgeron said. "Both of them are phenomenal young players.”
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