No other LSU quarterback ever had a season like Joe Burrow has had this season.

That means no LSU quarterback has ever had to fill shoes quite as big as the ones awaiting the next Tigers quarterback.

Head coach Ed Orgeron, offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and passing game coordinator Joe Brady will do all they can to help Burrow’s successor and they will repeat over and over again that the challenge of filling the void left by Burrow’s departure will fall on every member of the 2020 team, not just the quarterback.

They’ll be right, of course.

No one is going to step under center next season and set the SEC record for passing yards and touchdowns – as Burrow has done this season – or set the NCAA record for completion percentage – as Burrow is poised to do entering the College Football Playoff.

Common sense says that next season LSU will not pass for as many yards or touchdowns, or with as much efficiency as it has this season, or win the Heisman Trophy and potentially a national championship.

It will be up to the passing game and the running game and the defense and the special teams and the coaches to all find a way to make the 2020 Tigers as good as, if not better than, the 2019 Tigers regardless of how big the drop-off in production is in the passing game.

But the most attention will be given to the quarterback – whoever it winds up being, and it’s not yet clear who that person is most likely to be. Even Orgeron probably isn’t 100 percent certain.

Orgeron signed Myles Brennan during the pre-Burrow era. Brennan was a 4-star recruit in 2017 and there was some optimism around the Tigers program that Brennan would be the guy that would transform the passing game.

He provided at least nominal competition for incumbent Danny Etling in 2017 before settling in as his understudy with the expectation that he would likely be the starter in 2018.

In the spring of 2018, Brennan engaged in a tight battle with Justin McMillan and Lowell Narcisse. Brennan was generally considered the favorite to prevail, but no one seized the opportunity the way Orgeron had hoped and the coach spoke most positively about McMillan coming out of spring.

Orgeron clearly had his doubts about all three and when Burrow became available as a graduate transfer shortly after spring practice, Orgeron pursued him aggressively and landed him.

Despite being behind all 3 of his competitors, Burrow won the competition fairly easily and McMillan and Narcisse both quickly transferred, leaving Brennan as the backup and the heir apparent.

The Tigers had so many lopsided victories this season that Brennan has seen action in 9 games. In his 3 seasons at LSU he has gotten stronger and has operated the new offense under the guidance of Brady.

He’s ready if LSU calls upon him. But that’s a bit of an if.

The Tigers also like Peter Parrish, a 4-star recruit who is redshirting this season. Will he be ready to leap-frog Brennan as soon as next season. That’s questionable if not doubtful. He’s still an unknown commodity.

Orgeron likes a 2020 commitment in Max Johnson, a 4-star prospect who is the son of former Florida State and NFL quarterback Brad Johnson. But he would have to have a remarkable start as a true freshman to beat out Brennan. A 3-star commit, T.J. Finley, is unlikely to be in the mix at least initially.

The Tigers could also lure someone from the transfer portal who could win the job as an 11th-hour entrant, as Burrow did.

Parrish is a dual-threat quarterback, Johnson is a pro-style quarterback, and Brennan is in between the two, as Burrow is.

Brady and Ensminger likely will tweak the offense for whomever the successor is. No one is going to fit the offense that was run this season as well as Burrow has. There might be more running for the quarterback. There might be the same amount, but still with a less ambitious passing attack without Burrow, who is on the verge of becoming just the 5th QB in FBS history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 TDs in the same season.

The Tigers might want to the lean on the running game more in the absence of Burrow, but with Clyde Edwards-Helaire likely to leave early for the NFL there will be some adjustment there as well.

Tyrion Davis-Price and John Emery II both had less of an impact as freshman than was projected this season but that’s partly due to Edwards-Helaire’s emergence. And LSU is in the running for Zach Evans, the No. 1 running back in the country.

Even with Justin Jefferson likely leaving early for the NFL, the return of Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall Jr. and the arrival of a few top-flight receivers ensures that Burrow’s successor will have another outstanding group to target.

Additionally, elite players at every position are taking a closer look at the Tigers because of the team’s success this season.

Life after Joe Burrow won’t be the same for LSU.

But it should still be very good.