LSU junior quarterback Myles Brennan has yet to practice this week and coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday he doesn't believe Brennan will be ready to play at Auburn. The purple and gold are moving forward with freshman TJ Finley taking the first team reps and Max Johnson handling second team duties.
Brennan continues to work himself back from a lower body injury sustained in the Tigers' 45-41 loss to Missouri a few weeks back, an injury that takes a different amount of time to heal for anyone who suffers it. Orgeron also said things could change later this week in regards to Brennan's status but now that he's gone over two weeks without practicing, it's unlikely he'd be ready to suit up.
There's no denying that Finley's performance on Saturday was a phenomenal start to his career, but now he must face the challenge of hitting the road for an SEC start.
"We prepare for crowd noise, obviously we do a couple of different things on the road that we don't do at home," Orgeron said. "Going best against best [in practice], giving him as much repetition as we can, especially blitzing and having him make the right decisions which we all saw he can do on Saturday night."
Orgeron reiterated how confident and poised Finley looked in his first start against the Gamecocks, a game LSU won 52–24, and hopes that's something that will carry over on the road this weekend at Auburn.
"TJ has got a cannon for an arm, he escaped some pressure which we thought he could," Orgeron said. "But his presence on the field, that's what I was most impressed with. He can improve on some decision makings but that's gonna come with maturity."
After a rather simple game plan against South Carolina, now that Orgeron, Steve Ensminger and the coaching staff have seen what Finley is capable of, expect the playbook to be expanded a bit more in his second start.
"I hope he plays as good as he did in the first game, that'd be good enough for me but we can do more things with the offense now that we've seen his poise," Orgeron said. "Now Steve knows he can take it to another step and I think you'll see a couple of different wrinkles that we didn't want to put in the first game."