BATON ROUGE, La. — When LSU defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko watches LSU’s quarterback competition, he is reminded of a pair of current NFL quarterbacks — including one top-10 pick.
Fehoko was a freshman at Texas Tech in 2015 when Davis Webb and Patrick Mahomes II duked it out to be the Red Raiders starting quarterback. Mahomes won the job and was later taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Webb later transferred to Cal, then was selected in the third round of the same draft.
Fehoko sees shades of that competition when he watches LSU’s Myles Brennan, Lowell Narcisse and Justin McMillan.
“I don’t like to bring it up, but when I was at Texas Tech we had a competition like this,” Fehoko said. “Those guys [Webb and Mahomes] are in the NFL right now. So when I see this three-quarterback competition, it amazes me to see them throw the ball. They’re on the dime, every day.”
Fehoko broke down the strengths of each LSU quarterback.
- On Lowell Narcisse
“Lowell is such an athlete. He can make plays.”
- On Justin McMillan
“He’s a grown-up. He’s a leader. He knows what defenses we’re bringing. He knows how to dissect what our secondary is doing.”
- On Myles Brennan
“Myles is a gunslinger. He’s got a cannon of an arm. Me and Rashard [Lawrence] were watching the [second-stringers] go. He nailed a slant route right between two linebackers. The wide receiver couldn’t catch it, but it was a pretty hard ball. It was gunning.”
Double-checking for accuracy
Teammates are supposed to say nice things about each other, so it’s not surprising that Fehoko was complimentary of LSU’s dueling quarterbacks. So it was only journalistically responsible to ask if he was absolutely sure he really meant that. Two guys selected in the first 87 picks of the NFL draft are a pretty high standard of comparison.
“Just to see the level of competition, it does remind me of Texas Tech,” Fehoko said. “Just how much talent we have in the quarterback room right now. I think it’s overlooked. I think we have three quarterbacks that can play at the SEC level.”