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Myles Brennan in at LSU

By BJ Bennett
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It's Myles Brennan's time at LSU.

It's officially Myles Brennan.

As expected, the highly-touted junior will be LSU's starting quarterback, following in the footsteps of Joe Burrow and his record-setting season, one of the greatest in college football history.

All Burrow did was lead the Tigers to a 15-0 national championship, set a new major college football mark with a 206.1 quarterback rating, establish new SEC records with 5,671 yards, 76.3% passing and 60 touchdowns and go on to become the number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after winning the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Manning Award and the Lombardi Award, among other distinctions.

No pressure.

A regular on the LSU depth chart for some time, Brennan has played in 17 career games, has 70 career pass attempts and 600 career passing yards. This is a player, in Brennan, who has seen the field. He threw a touchdown pass against Texas A&M last season. Brennan even played a series against Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl, going 3-for-3 for 39 yards in the recent College Football Playoff. Brennan is an established name and his experience and ability is noteworthy.

Redshirting as a true sophomore, this is Brennan's fourth year on campus. 

Plenty of accolades have followed Brennan, a former blue-chip recruit, to his current position. He is the state of Mississippi's all-time leader in total offense (16,168), passing yards (15,138) and passing touchdowns (166). Brennan finished second in the 2016 Elite 11 quarterback competition and participated at Nike's The Opening in Oregon. Furthermore, he has, at least in theory, been LSU's primary backup each of the past three seasons.

As the starting quarterback for the Tigers, Brennan is now directly in the national spotlight. The LSU team he will help lead might have a number of new names, but the same expectations very much remain. He and Terrance Marshall, 13 touchdown catches a year ago, have a chance to be one of the top playmaking tandems in the country. Minus passing game coordinator Joe Brady and most of their high-profile peers from last season, both are key names for the Tigers as they start their run at a repeat. 

It's Brennan's time. And as those around him are certainly telling him, Brennan doesn't need to be Burrow; stats suggest that nobody else ever really has. Brennan, at 6'5'', 215 pounds, just needs to be himself. The preparation has long been in place and plenty of talent around him still remains.

The defending national championships will soon debut. With them will come a known-but-new quarterback as well.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports