Is Brennan LSU's secret ingredient?
Is Myles Brennan LSU’s secret ingredient to the Tigers’ new offense under Coach Matt Canada?
While ESPN and its SEC Network have touted the rise in quality of the conference’s football quarterbacks via transfers and talented returnees to several of the league’s schools, Brennan has gone unmentioned and under the radar in the media. There exist two reasons for this.
First, Brennan, a senior at St. Stanislaus in Waveland, Miss., is an academic Catholic school under the control of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. He was committed to completion of his high school education, while other freshman QBs were able to depart their schools for spring enrollment at SEC schools. Other SEC programs also had the immediate impact of transfers from other universities. Brennan begins his college football participation in preseason summer camp at LSU, setting him slightly behind others.
Secondly, Brennan, despite his gifts and intelligence, was a tall (6-4) lanky (under 170 lb.) prospect. This did not go unrecognized by LSU, or Brennan, as he has gained weight in recent months, up to near 190 lbs. The bottom line is the “more” of Myles Brennan under center the higher expectations of him being an SEC QB. He must keep the weight on during the summer heat of preseason drills.
Brennan’s tall, lanky frame is the only question mark to his expected future success at LSU. He has all the other tools to be an outstanding pro-style Tiger quarterback.
Brennan has been rated one of the top pro-style QBs in his national recruiting class.
I watched him last summer in the annual Nike Seven on Seven Showcase. He was one of a trio of QBs to take part in the “contest” under the California sun. He was the last QB to take a center snap in the event and he sparkled against some of the top recruited defensive linebackers/secondary, which included a couple of future LSU defenders and Baton Rouge’s Dylan Moses, who switched from LSU to Alabama and is expected to be the Crimson Tide’s new starting middle linebacker in the Fall. Brennan rallied the offensive group with a trio of TD passes, showing a whip of an arm and pinpoint passing abilities. The kid can pass a football.
The key for the young talent is if he can weather big, strong SEC pass rushers through a rugged SEC West campaign.
LSU, like all the top gridiron schools in the nation, has top-notch nutritional programs for its athletes. They must monitor his weight, while improving on his strengthening and conditioning through the rigors of preseason camp in the August heat.
Brennan has greater potential as a pro-style QB than current expected senior starter Danny Etling with his sling shot arm and accuracy. But can he make the leap to an SEC starter? He certainly has been running under the radar of SEC Network media, rarely mentioned, if at all. I think that is the purpose of Coaches Ed Oregon and Canada. The LSU coaches showed very little of the potential LSU offense in their spring game. They ran the very offensive plays that favored the quick, new defense in Tiger Town. Look for Coach Canada to run a wide variety of offensive plays that will best be successful against opposing defenses week after week during the 2017 season. The Tiger coaches hid the potential of their new offensive attack. The key from this point on is how well the Tiger offensive units glean Canada’s complexities. Brennan’s ingredient in that offense is yet to be determined, and the LSU coaching staff is keeping their cards close to their chest.
PLAQUEMINE HIGH and EAST IBERVILLE baseball teams managed to reach one step deeper into the state playoffs in recent days than their Iberville counter parts at St. John and White Castle.
PHS’ Green Devils turned in the biggest surprise in the postseason by edging out hosting North DeSoto High 8-7 in the first round of 4-A competition. Plaquemine was seeded number 28, while DeSoto was seeded 5th. PHS went on to lose two of three in the regional 4-A to 21st seeded Salmen High.
The EIHS Tigers were the overall surprise of the spring, fielding their best team in recent springs. They beat Parish and district rival White Castle High to advance to the regionals. The Tigers were swamped by 4th seed LaSalle High 11-0 to end their diamond season.
Meanwhile, St. John suffered a stunning first-round Private IV division loss to Houma Christian. The Eagles were seeded 7th, while the Houma club was seeded 10th. Houma Christian won the playoff opener 7-2.
Houma Christian entered last weekend’s semifinals, along with Ascension CHS, a league foe of SJHS.
Despite falling in the first round of the playoffs, the SJHS Eagles turned in another outstanding regular season campaign, winning 18 games and posting the top 6-1A mark of 11-1 in district.