LSU's players confident if freshmen QBs have to play vs. South Carolina

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Ed Orgeron said Monday that Myles Brennan has shown he's LSU's starting quarterback. But the junior has practiced since Week 3's loss to Missouri as he recovers from a "significant" injury.

LSU's true freshmen quarterbacks TJ Finley and Max Johnson have split first-team reps in Brennan's absence and their performance this past week has their teammates feeling comfortable if either has to start this Saturday when the Tigers host South Carolina at 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.

"They're both really, really talented, young, motivated players and they've been impressive really throughout the whole summer," LSU center Liam Shanahan said.
"They're always in here working throwing, throwing extra routes, getting receivers to come in and work with them, you know.

"Obviously hope for the best, that Myles will be able to go, but if not, they're both proving to me that they're ready for to step up and embrace the challenge and if Myles can't go, I'd be excited to see what they could do."

LSU's players said both Finley and Johnson bring unique skills to the position that make them effective. Shanahan said Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 219-pound left-hander out of Georgia is more of a runner while Finley, a 6-foot-6, 242-pound former Ponchatoula standout, "has a really impressive arm."

"They both have a ton of upside and it's going to be a good battle between them for this week to see what happens if Myles can't go."

Shanahan also said LSU's matchup at Florida being postponed might have been "blessing in disguise as it gave both players more time to prepare.

"We'll see what happens with the two of them this week if they have to play... I'm confident," he said.

If Brennan is unable to play, Orgeron said he'd likely start whoever had a better week of practice but would play both.

With that uncertainty Shanahan said LSU's offensive line is focused less on who's under center and more on making it easy for that player.

"I've been trying to work with them and I've been meeting I met with all the quarterbacks yesterday and I'm planning on trying to do that throughout the rest of the week just so we're all on the same page."

LSU offensive lineman Ed Ingram said the front specifically would focus on making protect checks themselves so the QB's would have less to worry about. Shanahan added that the offensive line is also aiming to establish the running game early to help whoever is in at quarterback.

"Something that I kind of hope is that we'll be able to lean back on the run game a little bit more than we have," Shanahan said. "...I think we have a lot of talent on our team. We've got some can make players on both sides of the ball. So just the easier that we make it on them the more plays we'll be able to make."