Redshirt senior quarterback Myles Brennan is reportedly entering his name in the transfer portal as first reported by Rivals’s Sam Spiegleman.
Brennan signed with LSU in 2017 as a four-star quarterback out of St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. In high school he set Mississippi high school career records for total offense, passing yards, and passing touchdowns.
He played sparingly as a freshman behind Danny Etling and went on to be Joe Burrow’s backup for two seasons, throwing 40 total passes during LSU’s run to a national championship in 2019; Brennan even led LSU on a scoring drive late in the Tigers’s blowout win over Oklahoma in the CFP National Semifinal game.
Brennan had the unenviable task of trying to follow up Burrow’s Heisman campaign and played well before a bizarre hip injury against Missouri ended his 2020 season after just three games. Brennan was in a quarterback battle all summer long with Max Johnson before injury struck again; Brennan broke his non-throwing arm in August and has been out for the entirety of the 2021 season.
Brennan leaves LSU with 20 career appearances and a national championship ring. He completed 121 of 201 passes (60.2 %) for 1,712 yards and 13 touchdowns. But he also leaves as maybe the most “what could have been” player since Tyrann Mathieu or perhaps Ryan Perrilloux.
But while Mathieu and Perrilloux’s departures from LSU were due to poor personal choices, Brennan did everything right he just had the worst injury luck: a hip injury so unique doctors said they may have to name the surgery after him, and falling on his non-throwing arm during a fishing trip. It’s sad it’s come to this point but it’s probably for the best for all parties. After all, LSU’s quarterback room that will soon have junior Max Johnson, sophomore Garrett Nussmeier, and freshman Walker Howard. Brennan is about to be a sixth year senior, at some point you just have to move on.
I can’t ever remember feeling worse for an athlete. He didn’t immediately bolt the moment Joe Burrow was announced QB1 in 2018; he embraced the challenge of replacing Burrow’s Heisman season; and even after missing the final seven games of LSU’s season in 2020, Brennan jumped right back into the starting quarterback battle with Max Johnson before fate cruelly intervened again.
Now Brennan is off to try and be a starting quarterback somewhere else and salvage whatever future NFL aspirations he may have. I don’t know where he’ll land but I’ll be rooting for him wherever he goes.