(KATC) — In his first five games as LSU’s starting quarterback, Joe Burrow could seemingly do no wrong. The Ohio State grad transfer went a perfect 5-0 to start the 2018 season, throwing for six touchdowns and zero interceptions.
And then the calendar switched to October.
Over the last four games (all against ranked competition), the Tigers have a record of 2-2, and the once reliable game manager, Burrow has struggled.
The one-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week following LSU’s 45-16 win over Ole Miss — a game in which Burrow threw for three TDs and ran for another — has since been picked off four times in as many games. And hasn’t thrown for a touchdown since September.
Burrow’s struggles have led many to wonder whatever happened to sophomore backup Myles Brennan?
Under the NCAA’s new redshirt rule, Brennan could conceivably still play in LSU’s three remaining regular season games without giving up a redshirt season. And could even play in a subsequent bowl appearance.
The new NCAA rule on redshirting allows for a player to play up to four games in a season without relinquishing a year of eligibility. Meaning if Brennan plays from here on out (*if the Tigers don’t make the College Football Playoff), he would still have three years of eligibility remaining.
Ed Orgeron says Brennan’s return to action has a timetable…one that just hasn’t been decided yet.
“You know Myles Brennan is ready to go every game, said Orgeron during his weekly press conference. “The time that we could [have] give[n] him some reps, he was just nursing a slight injury. Then all of the other games have been so tight that we just kept Joe in there.”