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Ed Orgeron: LSU QB Myles Brennan would have been 'doubtful' against Florida if game wasn't postponed

Nick Bromberg
·3-min read

LSU could have been without QB Myles Brennan if the Tigers played Florida as scheduled on Saturday.

Tigers coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday that Brennan was “doubtful” for the game due to injury. Orgeron said that Brennan didn’t practice on Tuesday and was not set to practice Wednesday. But the SEC announced Wednesday afternoon that the game had been moved to Dec. 12 because of Florida’s coronavirus outbreak.

Brennan played the entirety of the defending national champions’ 45-41 loss at Missouri. That game sent the Tigers to a 1-2 record to start the season. Brennan, a redshirt junior, is in his first season as the Tigers’ starter after taking over for No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Joe Burrow.

Orgeron indicated that Brennan had been injured in the Missouri game on a first-half hit near the sideline.

If the game would have been held and Brennan wouldn’t have been able to play, there was not a clear answer for who would start in his absence. Either true freshman T.J. Finley or true freshman Max Johnson could have made his first start.

Florida suspended all football activities on Tuesday because of a coronavirus outbreak among the team. The school said Tuesday morning that five players had tested positive for COVID-19, but Florida AD Scott Stricklin said Wednesday afternoon that the team had 21 players who had tested positive. The team would have had fewer than 50 scholarship players available against LSU on Saturday due to the positive tests and subsequent contact tracing.

Brennan is the only LSU QB who has thrown a pass in 2020. He’s 79-of-131 passing for 1,112 yards and 11 touchdowns with just three interceptions in three games. The Tigers have averaged nearly 39 points per game so far in 2020 but have given up 32 points per game. That’s why LSU has a losing record.

LSU quarterback Myles Brennan looks to pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri upset LSU 45-41. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
LSU quarterback Myles Brennan may not play on Saturday if the Tigers play at Florida. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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