QB controversy? ESPN analyst says LSU must manage TJ Finley-Myles Brennan situation carefully
LSU QB Myles Brennan has been putting up big numbers this season. But, on Saturday against South Carolina, he wasn’t able to play due to an injury.
That opened the door for freshman TJ Finley to step in, and he stepped in quite well, throwing for 265 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception and adding another score as a runner.
During the broadcast, ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky hinted that coach Ed Orgeron is going to have to be careful with how he handles the Finley-Brennan situation moving forward (via 247Sports):
“I think it’s gonna be really hard to not trot TJ Finley out there. … I understand that that sounds somewhat harsh,” Orlovsky said. “What plays into this conversation is the transfer portal. It’s a factor. It’s a variable now, because once a coach makes a decision, you might set off wheels in motion. Like (if you say), ‘Hey TJ, we’re gonna sit you down, it’s Myles’ job now,’ you don’t know what could happen after that. Maybe, ‘Coach, I had the opportunity, I played great. Why am I sitting down?’ Then the conversation happens. Or Max Johnson’s saying, ‘Well, I never got the opportunity.’ If you trot TJ Finley out there, then maybe Myles Brennan’s going, ‘Well, I’m gonna leave.’ The transfer portal has become a very real thing for coaching staff to have to manage in these situations.”
LSU takes a trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium next weekend. If Brennan still isn’t healthy enough to play, Finley will have another chance to show why he deserves to be on the field.