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Three men remain
LSU held its second scrimmage of the spring on Thursday, with the offense settling in and looking better than it did the first time out. Plenty of players stood out, according to coach Ed Orgeron, from wide receiver Racey McMath to defensive end Neil Farrell. But let’s cut to business: You want to hear about quarterbacks. So here are the splits:
- Myles Brennan: 12-16, 224 yards, 2 TDs; 1 rush, 2 yards
- Justin McMillan: 7-15, 169 yards, 1 TD; 4 rush, 48 yards
- Lowell Narcisse: 6-14, 38 yards; 2 rush, 17 yards
Orgeron described Thursday as Brennan’s best day of the spring, and the numbers reflect that. Take the yards for what they are; LSU was working situationally and 80 of them came on a pass to McMath. But the accuracy is impressive. With both of his competitors completing less than 50 percent of their throws, Brennan converted on 75 percent of his.
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Still, Orgeron didn’t give one passer an edge. As he put it, one scrimmage isn’t enough to define a starting quarterback at LSU. Reading context clues, Brennan and McMillan have done more to look like “the guy” on a single day than Narcisse, but Orgeron points out every time he speaks that Narcisse is “improving.”
It’s also hard to pick a mobile quarterback when your QBs aren’t going through full contact. Obviously, McMillan and Narcisse ran on Thursday. But without the full complement of their abilities, it’s hard for them to stand out.
Which is why it’s still hard to believe LSU will name a starter this spring. The competition will most likely extend into and through fall camp, a thought Orgeron acknowledged Thursday.
Your weekly LSU football poll recap
In the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Thursday, we asked you to vote on which player you want to wear No. 18 for the Tigers next season. Here are the results of your vote:
In accordance with SEC Country LSU reporter Alex Hickey’s suggestion, tight end Foster Moreau won the poll with 40 percent of the vote. Unsurprisingly, linebacker Devin White came in second with 28 percent, despite the fact that he has expressed interest in keeping No. 40 for his junior year.
Defensive end Rashard Lawrence netted 17 percent of the vote, followed by safety John Battle with 7 percent and cornerback Greedy Williams with 5 percent.
Voters also wrote in support for running back Nick Brossette, safety Grant Delpit and, weirdly, walk-on wide receiver Tiger Scheyd. I mean, his name is Tiger. I guess it kind of makes sense?
Picture of the day
Hey, football players have to get to class, don’t they?
— Austin Guerin (@austinbedaboss) March 22, 2018
Checking in with the ‘croots
In case you missed anything, here’s the latest in LSU recruiting news from Thursday:
- Tigers in strong position to land both Noah Cain and Tyrion Davis
- Why Noah Cain is a priority at running back
- What’s the latest with Stanford graduate transfer Terrance Alexander?
- Nation’s No. 6 guard schedules visit
Home sweet home gym advantage
The most dominant program on LSU’s campus, the LSU gymnastics team is a national power every year. And assuming that continues in 2019, the Tigers are going to have a chance to compete for a national championship in friendly confines.
The 2019 NCAA gymnastics championships will be held in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center, as was announced Thursday. This could be huge for LSU, which has finished as the national runner-up each of the last two years and ranks No. 2 nationally heading into the 2018 postseason.
LSU’s 2019 squad will feature returning stars Sarah Finnegan, Lexie Priessman and Kennedi Edney, as well as the return of McKenna Kelley from injury. There’s no reason LSU can’t win a national title in 2019, and now the Tigers can do it as close to home as possible.
Your non-revenue LSU sports preview
What’s going on in LSU sports this weekend? Take a look:
- Gymnastics competes in the SEC Championships at 6 p.m. CT Saturday in St. Louis on ESPN2. The Tigers will be looking to win the title for the second year in a row.
- The No. 15 LSU baseball team travels to Nashville, Tenn., this weekend for a road series against No. 5 Vanderbilt. All three games will be televised, with the Friday and Saturday games in prime time on ESPNU and Sunday in the afternoon on ESPN2.
- Softball competes in the LSU Round Robin tournament against BYU, Baylor and North Dakota State.
- Beach volleyball hosts the Tiger Beach Challenge at Mango’s, facing off against FAU, Stetson, UNO, College of Charleston and Tulane.
- Women’s golf hosts the LSU Tiger Golf Classic.
Today in made-up holidays
It’s the internet’s favorite day.
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, March 23 is “ National Puppy Day.” I really don’t have a joke about this one. Puppies are sweet. They deserve adulation. So hug a puppy Friday. It’ll make you feel better.
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