The addition of quarterback Joe Burrow to LSU’s 2018 roster moves the Tigers into possible contender status in the SEC West.
That’s not necessarily saying that Burrow will beat out Myles Brennan, who was the projected starter prior to Burrow announcing he would join the Tigers program as a graduate transfer from Ohio State. What that does say, though, is that LSU will have an instantly improved quarterback room and that helps regardless of who the starter is.
Brennan has a lot of upside and had good moments as a true freshman last season. What he lacks compared to Burrow is experience. That’s not necessarily game experience as a starting quarterback. That’s being a part of a college program, having years of development under his belt and being an older player. Burrow also can make things happen with his legs and depending on how much Tigers offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger wants to run his signal caller, that could get him an advantage.
When it comes to talented players competing with one another for starting jobs, they say iron sharpens iron. That’s going to be the case here. Suddenly you look up and LSU has two players that could be legitimate starting quarterbacks in the SEC. That’s an improvement from recent years. No offense to Danny Etling because he over-performed, but Burrow and or Brennan have the chance to be difference-makers.
If Burrow wins the job (and I don’t think he’s been promised the job, but I think there’s a reason he picked the Tigers so he’s my pick to win it), then that just means Brennan has more time to develop and more time to ultimately be ready to take over as the starter. If Brennan wins it, then Burrow obviously gives LSU a strong back-up in case something happens and Brennan will be a better quarterback having competed with Burrow for the job.
It’s no secret that Alabama and Auburn are the two favorites in an SEC West that features new coaches at Texas A&M (Jimbo Fisher), Arkansas (Chad Morris) and Mississippi State (Joe Moorhead), along with Matt Luke at Ole Miss who is in his second season, but the first after having the interim tag removed. As for LSU, the Tigers are immensely talented up and down the roster and have been for years. The question has been quarterback. It’s been that way for quite some time. Burrow transferring in improves the position overall quite a bit, regardless if he wins the job.
LSU has Miami and Auburn two of the first three games of the season. The Tigers play the Canes in Arlington, Texas, and head to Auburn. That’s not an easy way to start a season, so having sound play at the most important position on the field is a must. The picture looks a little brighter now and while I don’t think I will come off the Tide and Auburn being the top two teams in the division, picking LSU third with a chance to go higher is now more realistic than it was.