Justin McMillan making presence felt in LSU quarterback competition

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Question of the Day: Friday, March 23

The final question of the week is courtesy of Jeremiah McClain on Facebook.

Are they saying Justin [McMillan] has a chance to start at quarterback just to avoid a spring transfer?

The LSU quarterback competition has long been framed as a two-way street. Drop-back passer Myles Brennan is on one side of the street. Dual-threat Lowell Narcisse occupies the other. But it’s starting to look like the road needs to be widened to account for Justin McMillan.

McMillan doesn’t quite have Brennan’s arm or Narcisse’s legs, but he does marry their skill sets together.

“Justin can throw the ball, but he can also scramble a bit,” said tight end Foster Moreau.

McMillan is the veteran of the room, though up to this point his career consists of one 19-yard completion as a freshman and one carry for a 1-yard loss as a sophomore. Still, his three years in the program give him an intangible edge.

“He’s a grown-up. He’s a leader,” said defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko. “He knows what defenses we’re bringing. He knows how to dissect what our secondary is doing.”

According to coach Ed Orgeron, McMillan has taken nearly equal reps with the No. 1 offense along with Brennan and Narcisse during the first two weeks of spring practice.

“I haven’t counted the reps, but when I look up, Lowell is with the 1s and then Myles is with the 1s and then Justin is with the 1s,” Orgeron said. “Steve does a good job of switching it. They feel like they are getting an equal share. The competition’s on.”

As Jeremiah points out in his question, LSU desperately needs to keep all of its quarterbacks engaged since it only has three scholarship QBs on the roster. But the praise for McMillan is no ploy to keep him in Baton Rouge. He’s legitimately impressing coaches and teammates.

“Justin is a really confident guy,” Moreau said. “He exhibits a lot of confidence in the pocket. Confidence in himself and his teammates. He knows a lot of people better than they even know themselves. He’s a really bright guy.”

Though it’s safe to say Brennan is still the favorite to win the competition, it’s clear McMillan has gained serious ground.

“They’ve all had great plays, but they’ve all made a few mistakes,” said Moreau, who still considers the competition a dead heat. “Read a few coverages wrong, threw the wrong ball. But Justin’s looked really good. I will say that.”

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