BREAKING: LSU quarterback Myles Brennan reportedly walking away from football

We’ve been waiting for a major domino to fall in LSU’s tight quarterback battle this offseason, and that news came on Monday.

According to a report from WWL radio host Kristian Garic, sixth-year quarterback Myles Brennan — who some considered the favorite to win the starting job — is walking away from the game of football after two injury-plagued seasons.

Garic reports that Brennan was told by coach Brian Kelly that he will not win the starting job. We are still awaiting confirmation from Brennan or LSU of the report’s veracity.

With Brennan’s departure, it would seemingly open the door for Arizona State transfer Jayden Daniels to win the job. Daniels was Kelly’s hand-picked transfer portal option after three years as the starter in Tempe.

After two productive seasons in which he tossed 22 touchdowns with only three interceptions, Daniels struggled a bit in 2021. He threw as many interceptions (10) as touchdowns, and his yardage total dropped significantly from his first season as the starter despite playing in more games. He did, however, register a career-high in completion percentage (65.4).

Daniels still faces at least nominal competition from redshirt freshman Garrett Nussmeier, who saw some action last fall and impressed this spring.

For Brennan, this decision marks the end of a long and winding career that didn’t go exactly as planned. After three seasons as a backup — two of which were spent behind the best passer in school history in Joe Burrow — Brennan entered the 2020 season as the starter.

After a strong start to the season, an abdominal injury in Week 3 ended his campaign. He was expected to retain the starting job entering 2021, but he suffered a non-football arm injury right before camp, which cost him his season.

Brennan initially entered the transfer portal after the season, but he chose to stay at LSU, even after it added Daniels. After a solid spring game, he appeared poised to compete for the job, but it seems he is choosing to move on to endeavors that don’t include football.

Update: LSU confirmed Brennan’s retirement in a release that included a statement from Kelly.

Brennan later released his own statement.


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