LSU to stage QB battle for No. 2 spot behind Brennan over 2 weeks as Brennan tries to mend

Glenn Guilbeau
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Oct 31, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA;  LSU Tigers quarterback Max Johnson (14) is pressured by Auburn Tigers defensive back Smoke Monday (21) during the third quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

BATON ROUGE - Two quarterback issues will be developing over the next two weeks as LSU (2-3) has an open date Saturday before hosting No. 2 Alabama (6-0) at 5 p.m. on Nov. 14 in Tiger Stadium.

Junior starting quarterback Myles Brennan will be trying to practice and come back from a painful abdomen tear suffered at Missouri on Oct. 10 that has held him out of the Tigers' last two games.

And true freshmen TJ Finley and Max Johnson will be battling for the No. 2 quarterback slot, and one of those could become the starting quarterback for Alabama should Brennan not be able to play.

"He's not ready yet," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said of Brennan on a teleconference Monday. "It's day-by-day. Don't know if he'll be ready for the Alabama game. We'll see what he can do. We're going to throw the ball a little bit with him today."

Finley started for Brennan on Oct. 24 against South Carolina and played very well in a 52-24 LSU victory, but he took a step back in the 48-11 loss at Auburn Saturday. And Johnson replaced him in the third quarter.

"If he had played well, it (the No. 2 quarterback position) would be locked up," Orgeron said. "He didn't, so there's going to be competition. We expected TJ to take another step. Obviously, he didn't."

Finley completed 13 of 24 passes for 143 yards with two interceptions and a fumble against Auburn, and all three turnovers turned into touchdowns. There were drops, but he also misfired at times. He was a very impressive 17-of-21 passing for 265 yards and two touchdowns the previous week.

Johnson completed 15 of 24 passes for 174 yards with no turnovers and a 43-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kayshon Boutte midway through the fourth quarter at Auburn.

"Max played well," Orgeron said. "If Myles can't practice, we're going to see who should play."

Election Day

The NCAA has mandated an off day Tuesday for all student-athletes so they can vote in the presidential election. Orgeron and his football team had already made plans to vote before the NCAA's action.

"Oh yeah, that was something that we decided to do as a team," Orgeron said last week. "That was decided at a team meeting with the leadership council. I asked them what they wanted to do, and they said they're all going to vote. So, that's how that happened. We said they were all going to register to vote. They got that done in a few weeks."

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