LSU coach Ed Orgeron names Max Johnson starting quarterback after injury to Myles Brennan
Orgeron's declaration comes in light of a recent left arm injury to senior quarterback Myles Brennan that will require surgery. Johnson had previously been battling with Brennan for the starting role before the injury.
"(Max)'s got to have a great camp," Orgeron said on the "Off The Bench" radio show. "He knows he's got to perform, but I believe in Max just like I believe in Myles."
Brennan to have surgery:LSU QB Myles Brennan injures left arm, will have surgery, school announces
LSU announced Brennan's injury Monday and did not provide a timeline for his return.
Orgeron said he has not spoken to Brennan since the injury occurred.
"The first thing (Myles' family) wanted to know was (how much) eligibility he had left, what is the timeline for him to come back and when he can compete to come back and finish his career at LSU," Orgeron said. "You've got to appreciate that."
Johnson started two games and threw for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns for the Tigers last season.
"I think we've got ourselves a great quarterback, a great championship quarterback," Orgeron said. "We've got to keep Max healthy, that's going to be the key."
In light of Brennan's injury, LSU has only two other quarterbacks under scholarship with Johnson and freshman Garrett Nussmeier. Walk-on quarterback Matt O'Dowd will be LSU's third-string quarterback to start the season.
"Garrett's going to have to step up. Garrett's a very talented young man and I'm glad we've got him," Orgeron said. "He's just got to learn the offense, step up and be able to take care of the football."
Nussmeier was rated as the No. 84 overall player and the No. 14 overall quarterback in the 2021 class.
The Tigers open the season on Sept. 4 at UCLA.