Joe Burrow helped LSU author one of the greatest seasons in college football history.
He broke records as he led the Tigers to a story book ending with a victory over Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
But with Burrow moving on to the next chapter of his career, becoming the starter for the Cincinnati Bengals, LSU will have a different quarterback, junior Myles Brennan, under center when it opens the season against Mississippi State Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
And Brennan is ready to write his own story.
"I'm not really worried about making sure I do what Joe did, you know, and making sure that I'm throwing as many touchdowns or breaking the records that he did," Brennan said Tuesday. "I'm Myles Brennan and I'm not worried about what he did and I'm not going to be following in his footsteps, you know, because it's time for me to take my own path and write my own story."
Brennan has waited for his chance to lead the Tigers since signing with the program in 2017 after rewriting the Mississippi high football record books, setting career marks for total offense (16,168 yards), passing touchdowns (166) and passing yards (15,138).
The former four-star prospect sat behind quarterbacks Danny Etling and Burrow the past three seasons but said he knew he'd eventually get an opportunity to become LSU's starting QB.
"I never had any doubt that I would get to where I am today," Brennan said. "That's why I'm still here. And when I came in as a freshman, my goal was to be the starter and I worked every single day.
"I was denied that for the first three years, but you know, I wasn't going to let adversity get in my way and stop me from achieving my dream."
Brennan worked on getting bigger and better in that time gaining weight and experience as he's appeared in 17 games, throwing for 600 yards and two touchdowns. He said that even though he'll be first out of the tunnel on Saturday, he still plans to work as if he's competing for the job.
"I've run out into Tiger Stadium a good number of times and just because I'm the starter, nothing's going to change," Brennan said. "I'm still preparing like I would have prepared the past three years, as if I was the starter..."
Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron applauded Brennan's work ethic and said he believes Brennan will be able to step up this season.
"He was very accurate with the football in all three scrimmages," Orgeron said. "The only thing that we don't know, and I do believe that he's going to do very well, is how he's going to do in the fire, and the only way to know that is put him in the fire. I trust Myles."
Orgeron added that he thinks Brennan is capable of leading LSU much like Burrow did. Brennan said Burrow did some great things while in Baton Rouge but doesn't plan on measuring himself against any of last year's milestones.
"I learned a lot from Joe and I took things that he did well and I use them for to better myself," Brennan said. "But but the past is the past and I'm looking forward to being able to play the season and on Saturday."