LSU's Ed Orgeron: 'Right now, we are planning on going with either TJ or Max' vs. South Carolina


It’s looking more and more likely that either true freshman quarterback Max Johnson or TJ Finley will start for LSU when the Tigers host South Carolina Saturday at 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.

The two have split first team reps this week while starter Myles Brennan recovers from a lower body injury he suffers in LSU’s Week 3 loss to Missouri.

“Right now we don’t think he’s going to play, it doesn’t look like he’s going to play,” Orgeron said during Wednesday’s SEC Teleconference. “I’m not saying he won’t, some miraculous thing may come up… but for right now we are planning on going with either TJ or Max.”

Orgeron said both freshman quarterbacks have looked good in practice this past week and that both are capable of operating LSU’s offense.

“We’re running the same plays,” Orgeron said. “Nothing’s changed much because that’s what they’ve been running. We want to give them both a chance to compete and both have competed very well.

“I have no problem starting either one. Whatever one it’s going to be, it’s going to be very close and more than likely both of them will play.”

Orgeron said both freshmen QBs were early enrollees and that he believes that’s help them develop. He added that both are similar and that coaches are equally confident in their ability.

“I really think the difference in one or the other won’t be shown in the game,” he said. “Which one is mature enough? Which one can go handle the pressure? Which one can make the calls? We feel like they both can delver and feel like both can do well. But you never can tell ’til you play them.”