Myles Brennan was to be LSU’s starter at quarterback in 2021. That all changed when Brennan broke his arm just weeks before the season and needed surgery.

That turned the spotlight on Max Johnson, who had played 6 games in relief of Brennan as a true freshman in 2020. He’s thrown for 20 touchdowns and 5 interceptions through 8 games in 2021 but has registered just over 2,000 yards and has been sacked 21 times.

It’s just part of the reason it’s been a disappointing season for the Tigers, who are 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the SEC after a loss to Ole Miss on Oct. 23. Johnson ultimately gave way to true freshman Garrett Nussmeier, who showed well in his appearance.

But the job remains Johnson’s for now, as Ed Orgeron was looking to “give him a break and give (Nussmeier) some time”.

”Max is still our starting quarterback but if there’s a chance to get Garrett in there and get him some quality reps, we will,” he said on Monday, according to the Lafayette Daily Advertiser’s Adam Hunsucker.

As for Brennan, it looks like a timeline for a return remains a bit further down the road, despite Orgeron’s hope that the senior would return during the Tigers’ open week before facing Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 6.

“I don’t think he’s ready to practice right now and I don’t expect him back next week,” Orgeron said.