BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU coach Ed Orgeron has to replace his quarterback next year, but that’s not what keeps him awake at night when he’s recruiting to fill out the 2018 Tigers roster.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am about Myles Brennan, his character and talent,” Orgeron said. “Also, Lowell Narcisse has tremendous talent. Justin McMillan is also in that boat. I think we’ll be fine at quarterback for years to come.”
Orgeron’s worry is about who the quarterback that wins the competition will hand the ball off to. The tandem of Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams, which has combined for 1,696 rushing yards this season, will be gone in a year. Williams is a senior and Guice is a virtual lock to enter the NFL draft as a junior.
“It’s something I worry about at night, to be honest,” Orgeron said during his Wednesday radio show.
Nick Brossette, who has 13 carries this season, is LSU’s most experienced running back going into next year. Freshman Clyde Edwards-Helaire and sophomore Lanard Fournette are the next in line.
“Nick Brossette has had excellent practices,” Orgeron said. “Clyde is a tremendous back. Lanard has made tremendous improvement. We have two commits. When you lose Leonard and Derrius and Darrel Williams [consecutive years], it’s a challenge. But luckily we have some great backs in the state of Louisiana.”
The commits, whom Orgeron can’t mention by name, are Chris Curry (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) and Tae Provens (Gurley, Ala.)
Other highlights from the Ed Orgeron Show:
- Orgeron made it pretty clear that Arden Key will declare for the NFL draft this year. “K’Lavon Chaisson plays the B-linebacker position and does a great job. I think he’s going to be a phenomenal player. Also, Ray Thornton. Both of those young men will have to do a great job next year taking Arden’s place.”
- Juniors who leave early for the NFL will not be recognized at senior day, Orgeron said. Those players will get recognized at the spring game, though.
- On defensive line transfer Breiden Fehoko, who is eligible to play next year: “Last week, he benched 505 pounds. In practice, he’s been unstoppable.”
- On Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards making the trip to Knoxville: “Governor of Louisiana leading the team into the stadium and I was never so proud, the governor supporting us and making us Louisiana strong.”
- On LSU’s difficulty defending screen passes the past two weeks: “Gotta have better technique. In fact, it’s the position I coach. I should have done a better job coaching it. We’ll be better this week, I promise you.”