There may never be another Joe Burrow. It’s a tough pill to swallow for die-hard Louisiana State University fanatics, but the magnitude of Burrow’s season last year ranks alongside Barry Sanders in 1988 and Derrick Thomas’ 27-sack onslaught on the top shelf of college football’s most prolific seasons ever.
Greatness flashes through the collegiate skyline and blesses us with unforgettable seasons all the time. (See: Cam Newton.) So while over 6,000 yards and 65 total touchdowns is an absurd expectation for LSU Tigers quarterback Myles Brennan, that doesn’t mean his legacy has to be any less memorable.
After all, he chops down trees and uses them for workouts.
LSU QB Myles Brennan
Brennan arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, by way of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Rated as the No. 6 pro style quarterback in 2017 by 247Sports, the Under Armour All-American’s rollercoaster recruiting process saw him commit to coach Ed Orgeron’s first class in April, de-commit by November, then commit again in December before officially joining the Tigers.
For an idea of how good he really was, Brennan left St. Stanislaus High School as Mississippi’s all-time leader in total offense (16,168 yards), passing touchdowns (166) and passing yards (15,138).
Legacies and LSU football go hand in hand; Billy Cannon’s “Halloween Run” birthed a Heisman Trophy winner. Tommy Hodson torched SEC passing records before spread offenses were a thing. Hear the nickname Honey Badger, and you know exactly who we’re talking about.
It’s no surprise that Brennan, entering his fourth season at LSU as a redshirt junior in 2020, is setting the table for his own legacy. After missing spring practices and summer conditioning, his creative at-home workouts during the coronavirus pandemic make him sound more like Rocky Balboa in the Russian mountains during Rocky IV.
Brennan’s Quarantine Workout Routine
“I was at home pretty much the whole quarantine. My parents set up a little, it looked like an obstacle course, but it was really just targets spray painted onto the trees. They had gone and bought these nets, cones set up, trash cans to throw balls into.
“I was walking around the property with a chainsaw one day and was just cutting down trees. Cut down this tree, I could lift and bench it and put it on my back and squat it. I just tried making the best with what I had.”
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Under guidelines set by the Southeastern Conference, LSU football players returned to Baton Rouge for voluntary workouts on June 1. Just three weeks later, it was reported that 30 of 115 players were under quarantine after either testing positive for COVID-19 or being in close contact with a positive test.
Ed Orgeron’s team, just like every other NCAA program, is taking all the precautions they can while awaiting word from their respective conferences on game scheduling and the start of fully-padded practices. Many smaller conferences and several states elected to push football back to the spring, which saves the football season from being canceled altogether.
Worst case scenario, LSU can take a trip over to the Brennan family camp and prepare to defend its College Football Playoff National Championship the old fashioned way.
Though he’s only attempted 70 passes in limited action, and is the only QB on LSU’s roster with game experience ahead of the season opener, there is no shortage of LSU fans already on the Myles Brennan bandwagon.