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.
Myles Brennan doubtful vs. #Florida, per #LSU coach Ed Orgeron.— Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) October 14, 2020
"He's doubtful. He's doubtful. I think that maybe Friday he'll come around. But he didn't practice yesterday. He's not gonna practice today... Hopefully he's gonna practice toward the end of the week."
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.
Asked Ed Orgeron if this was the play where Myles Brennan took the hit.— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) October 14, 2020
“Yeah. That’s the hit. He’s pretty bruised up... He went into 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 didn’t blink.” #LSU https://t.co/Wc9vhKAJna pic.twitter.com/skAn4OmTsj
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.
True freshmen T.J. Finley and Max Johnson receiving even snaps in Myles Brennan's absence right now, per #LSU coach Ed Orgeron.— Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) October 14, 2020
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.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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