Orgeron lays out major changes at LSU

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Ed Orgeron says LSU football has two 'championship quarterbacks' as Tigers eye bounce-back season

ESPN 20 July, 2021 - 04:00pm

HOOVER, Ala. -- LSU football coach Ed Orgeron hasn't made a decision between starting Myles Brennan or Max Johnson, but he said he believes in both players and sees them as "championship quarterbacks."

Brennan, a senior, started LSU's first three games last season, throwing for 1,112 yards and 11 touchdowns, before an abdominal injury sidelined him the rest of the year. In March, Brennan said he felt 100 percent healthy again.

Johnson, a freshman and the son of former NFL quarterback Brad Johnson, didn't play meaningful snaps until later in the year, appearing in his first game against Auburn on Halloween.

But Johnson wound up starting LSU's final three games against Alabama, Florida and Ole Miss, leading the Tigers to a 2-1 record while throwing for six touchdowns and one interception.

"Whoever wins is going to do a great job at LSU," Orgeron said Monday. "It's going to be a tremendous battle, and we'll see what happens."

Regardless of who wins the starting job, Orgeron is doing his best to tamp down unreasonable expectations.

While LSU is returning to the same style of offense that helped it win the 2019 national championship, bringing in Joe Brady disciple Jake Peetz as offensive coordinator, Orgeron said he doesn't think that means anyone should look for another Joe Burrow at quarterback.

In 2019, Burrow transformed from a relative unknown into the Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick, setting the SEC record for touchdowns along the way.

Whether it's Brennan, Johnson or any other quarterback in college football, Orgeron said simply, "I don't know if we're going to see another Joe Burrow."

"Whether or not Max, Myles or Garrett [Nussmeier] can run it like Joe, I'm not expecting that," he said. "But I want to see the same type of plays, I want to see the same type of adjustments that were so successful for us."

LSU, which is coming off a 5-5 record last year, is scheduled to kick off the season at UCLA on Sept. 4.

Coach Ed Orgeron SEC Media Day Interview 2021

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Ed Orgeron Reflects On 2020 Matchup With Mississippi State, Previews 2021

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The loss marked the first of five for the Tigers as they finished out the 2020 season with a disappointing 5-5 overall record after just winning a national title the previous season.

Orgeron was asked about last year's meeting with the Bulldogs and this year's upcoming one by The Dispatch's Theo DeRosa. LSU's first SEC game of the season is against MSU on Sept. 25 in Davis Wade Stadium.

"We have to stop (Mike Leach's) offense," he said. "We didn't stop it one time. Obviously, he came in with the air raid for the first time. We had seen it before, obviously. But we didn't do a good job with it.

"Then we saw the people did some good things against us. The more stuff you put on tape, the more we learn how to stop it. Obviously, going to play there, I think Mississippi State does a great job of playing there, the cowbells and all that noise.

It's our first SEC game. It's a game that we must win to get to where we want to go. This is the SEC. You've got to be ready every Saturday. But you know what, instead of -- when you asked me about that, instead of worrying about all that stuff, my focus is going to be on camp and this football team and getting them better starting August 6th."

The Tigers come into the matchup with two of the best defensive backs in the nation in Derek Stingley Jr. and Elias Ricks -- and there's plenty of optimism surrounding this year's team, but they'll have to prove they can put it into action on the football field much better than they did last year for a different outcome.

LSU Football: Garrett Nussmeier compared by teammate to NFL superstar QB

Death Valley Voice 20 July, 2021 - 07:57am

Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

True freshman Garrett Nussmeier almost certainly won’t be LSU football‘s starting quarterback in 2021.

Sophomore Max Johnson or redshirt senior Myles Brennan will likely win the job.

But that doesn’t mean Nussmeier’s future at LSU is dull.

Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron is a big fan of Nussmeier. And he hasn’t been shy about praising the young quarterback this offseason.

“I do see some similarities that Garrett has (with former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow) as far as leadership, as far as competitiveness, ability to make plays,” said Orgeron in April (via USA Today). “I think he’s only going to get better here. I think he’s going to be a great quarterback here. I’m very pleased with him.”

Tigers offensive lineman Austin Deculus spoke to reporters on Monday at SEC Media Days and he was also quick to praise Nussmeier.

“He’s (Nussmeier) been coming in, and he’s one of those Patrick Mahomes-type guys. He likes throwing his special little passes,” said Deculus (via 247Sports).

That’s a lofty comparison by Deculus.

But it should be encouraging for LSU fans.

Nussmeier has the talent to be a star in the SEC. But he needs to wait his turn.

While Nussmeier may have the highest ceiling of any quarterback currently on the Tigers’ roster, he doesn’t have the necessary experience to serve as LSU’s starting quarterback — at least not yet. That’s why either Johnson or Brennan will win the job.

Nussmeier’s time, however, is coming. And it sounds like he’s going to be a lot of fun to watch in Baton Rouge.

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