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LSU quarterback Myles Brennan spoke to the media for the first time since arriving in Baton Rouge last summer.

Decoding LSU QB Myles Brennan’s first interview of 2018

Nick Suss

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Meet Myles Brennan

For the first time since arriving at LSU last summer, quarterback Myles Brennan spoke to the Baton Rouge media on Tuesday, lending his perspective on the Tigers’ quarterback competition and explaining what life has been like in his first year as a college athlete.

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Naturally, Brennan answered a couple of questions that were on fans’ minds. So, in this edition of the Bayou Bengal Briefing, let’s break down some of the most notable topics Brennan addressed Tuesday, starting with the big question:

1. What’s the quarterback competition like?

Brennan was coy when talking about his battle with Justin McMillan and Lowell Narcisse to become LSU’s starting quarterback. He described the trio as “buddies” who are trying to make each other better. Brennan isn’t Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield out to declare he’s the best man for the job. He’s not going to ruffle feathers on this topic this spring.

2. What did Myles Brennan learn from Danny Etling?

Brennan learned how to take care of the football by watching Danny Etling in 2017. Etling was a careful quarterback, only throwing 2 interceptions last season. Brennan observed Etling’s intelligence in the pocket and willingness to take checkdowns and wants to apply some of that to his game.

3. How much weight has he put on?

Short answer? About 20 pounds. Long answer: It’s been a grueling process of eating up to six meals a day and gorging until it feels like he’s going to vomit. But Brennan is around 195 pounds now and is shooting for 210-215 pounds by the start of the season.

4. Does he eat at Brennan’s?

Of course. He’s trying to put on weight and his family owns one of the most famous restaurants in New Orleans. 2+2 still equals 4, ya know.

ICYMI

Tuesday was jam-packed with LSU sports news. In case you missed anything, here’s a recap of the day that was across the wide spectrum of LSU-related topics:

In LSU basketball news

According to various media reports, LSU guard Brandon Sampson will sign with an agent and declare for the 2018 NBA Draft. Sampson was the No. 1 player in Louisiana for the Class of 2015 and arrived at LSU to much fanfare along with fellow top 50 recruits Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney.

Sampson’s playing time dwindled after an injury early in the 2017-18 season. It was expected that with LSU’s high-rated incoming recruiting class, Sampson’s playing time would drop even more, making it logical that he’d jump for the NBA. In all likelihood, Sampson will land in the G League along with Blakeney, who was the developmental league’s MVP this season.

In LSU women’s basketball news

Losing Sampson might not be the biggest hit shouldered by an LSU basketball program Tuesday. The LSU women’s basketball team will lose leading scorer Chloe Jackson to a graduate transfer this offseason, it was reported on Tuesday. Jackson led the Tigers with 18.1 points per game in 2017-18.

In addition to Jackson, fellow senior Tatum Neubert will transfer as well. The Tigers will also lose senior leader Raigyne Louis to the WNBA, where she is expected to be a late first round or early second-round draft pick.

Big news in the world of LSU baseball

The LSU baseball team bested Louisiana Tech 2-0 on Tuesday, but the story of the day belonged to the bullpen. Namely, LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri opted to use weekend starter Caleb Gilbert from the bullpen Tuesday and confirmed after the game that he wants Gilbert to work as a relief pitcher moving forward. This leaves a gap in LSU’s weekend rotation that has yet to be explained.

Mainieri said after the game that he doesn’t expect to name a starter for Sunday before the game begins. It’s not impossible that Gilbert receives the nod one last time. But LSU has plenty of other bodies to try out. Maybe Nick Storz gets healthy in time for the stretch and throws well enough for Mainieri to trust him against SEC competition. Maybe Todd Peterson returns to the Sunday role where he opened the year. Cam Sanders. AJ Labas. LSU has bodies. It’s just a matter of mixing the right ones in.

This upcoming series against Tennessee feels like a potential turning point for the season. It’ll be interesting to see how Mainieri handles it.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, April 11 is National Barbershop Quartet Day. This seems like as good of an excuse as any to include this classic clip from The Simpsons.

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