Now that the initial shock has worn off, what are the realistic options for Myles Brennan's next step?
Honestly, I have no idea what’s next for Myles Brennan.
The LSU quarterback is out indefinitely with a broken arm. He would, in theory, have 2 years of eligibility left if he got a medical redshirt. He took a redshirt as a true freshman and 2020 didn’t count against anyone’s eligibility because of COVID-19.
Just because I have no idea what the next step for Brennan is doesn’t mean I can’t speculate wildly.
He’ll have options. He’s someone who had a solid 3-game sample size in the SEC, and as someone who will enter Year 6 of college in 2022, he’ll be a veteran in any locker room he walks into. Whether that’s at LSU or not remains to be seen.
Because it’s not good enough to just say “I have no idea what’s next for Myles Brennan,” let’s map out some scenarios that could be realistic for the LSU signal-caller:
Option No. 1: Stick it out at LSU
Say what you want about Brennan. He doesn’t have the pocket presence or mobility of Max Johnson, he can’t locate as well as Joe Burrow, he wasn’t going to win the starting job if he had stayed healthy.
What cannot be denied? The guy was loyal. He committed to LSU when Les Miles the coach. He didn’t leave when Joe Burrow came along, and Brennan didn’t transfer this offseason when Johnson came into the spring will all sorts of momentum after he stepped in following last year’s season ending-abdominal injury.
For all we know, Brennan plans on coming back from his latest setback and competing for the starting job. If Johnson becomes a star in 2021, obviously that climb gets a bit steeper. That’s not even factoring in Garrett Nussmeier, who has been all the rage since he enrolled in January.
What if Johnson struggles, though? What if the 2021 LSU season ends without an established starter and Brennan could have a fighting chance to beat out Johnson and Nussmeier? I wouldn’t bank on that, but it’s at least an option, and knowing how loyal Brennan has been to LSU, it’s one that he could very well consider.
Option No. 2: Transfer to a school in his home state
Would anybody fault Brennan, given what he’s been through, for transferring back to his home state of Mississippi? I’d hope not.
My first thought is Ole Miss. Matt Corral will be an NFL Draft prospect and a quarterback battle in Oxford will likely be underway for 2022. Lane Kiffin showed he doesn’t necessarily have 1 specific quarterback mold (don’t forget he went from Jake Coker to Jalen Hurts at Alabama). It’s about executing the basic principles of the spread, which we’ve seen Brennan do.
Or, alternatively, Mike Leach could call Brennan, who visited MSU back in the day. Leach always goes to the beat of his own drum. I wouldn’t think any quarterback is ever really entrenched as his starter. Unless Will Rogers becomes an All-SEC player, I’d never rule out the idea of dipping into the transfer portal if someone like Brennan became available.
If Brennan were to go back to the Magnolia State, he’d have a fascinating final chapter. He’d get to work with an elite offensive mind and presumably set himself up with an opportunity to get next-level looks.
Option No. 3: Transfer to another Power 5 school like Penn State, UNC or Miami?
This is arguably the most intriguing path for Brennan. If he were to hit the portal, what would his market look like? Would a team replacing an NFL quarterback like UNC or Miami be a potential destination?
If I’m Brennan, I’m thinking about the offensive mind I get to work with. Getting to dial up looks with Phil Longo at UNC would be ideal, and now that Miami actually runs a modern offense, the idea of pairing up with Rhett Lashlee could also be attractive. Replacing a Sam Howell or a D’Eriq King won’t be easy for anyone, much less for someone coming off a second consecutive season-ending injury.
(I assume Brennan isn’t coming back with a broken arm. If he does, I’ll come back and edit that sentence.)
Or what about Penn State? The Lions thought they had their guy in Sean Clifford, but he was extremely inconsistent last year. One would think that no matter what, he won’t be entrenched as the starter come 2022. Plus, Will Levis left for Kentucky and 2020 signee Micah Bowens transferred to Oklahoma. In other words, it should be open season for James Franklin’s next quarterback after this year.
I have to think Brennan will have a Power 5 market. He’s worth taking a flyer on.
— Bet The Pigskin (@betthepigskin) October 10, 2020
Option No. 4: Call it a career
Nah. Who are we kidding? Brennan isn’t that guy. There wouldn’t be anything wrong if he was that guy considering he had an abdominal injury so unique that they were going to name the surgery after him (he let it heal on its own). If Brennan wants to fade off into the sunset and become a coach or a fisherman or whatever, by all means.
But nah, I don’t think he’s ready for that.
And a total long shot … Liberty
If I know Hugh Freeze, I know he loves him a castoff quarterback. Whether that’s Chad Kelly, Malik Willis or recently Kaidon Salter, Freeze has become to quarterbacks needing a second chance what Nick Saban is to coaches needing a second chance.
Willis is getting first-round NFL Draft buzz. The former Auburn signal-caller was a revelation last year in his first season as a starter with Freeze, who is still an elite offensive mind in this sport. Brennan could absolutely run that offense and catch the eyes of next-level scouts in doing so.
If there are odds on Brennan’s next destination, I’d roll the dice on him joining forces with Freeze.