Owen Brennan, the father of LSU quarterback Myles Brennan, had a clear statement on his son's status after an arm injury that required surgery this week: He's not going anywhere.
Brennan was in the throes of an offseason battle for the starting job with sophomore Max Johnson, who was named the starter due to Myles' injury. The injury came as Brennan was getting ready for a fishing trip, Owen Brennan revealed Thursday on SportsTalk with Kristian Garic, Bobby Hebert and Mike Detillier.
Myles had his fishing gear in his hands, his father said, when his flip flop got caught in the dock and he fell, unable to brace himself. He went to sleep thinking it was a bruise, then realized the next morning it was more significant. His father and coach Ed Orgeron both explained the situation was a "freak accident," with doctors confirming he had a compound fracture of the humerus bone in his left arm.
Brennan now has a metal plate and screws in the arm after surgery, but he's expected to be back throwing with his uninjured arm in two weeks. He begins rehab on Friday.
"I assure there are a lot more irresponsible things ... going on out there other than fishing," Owen Brennan said.
“He could’ve been anywhere any time and this accident could have happened.”
But while the injury might decide the quarterback competition to start the season, don't close the book on his son just yet, Owen said. He said in talks with his son, it's become clear he has every intention to return to LSU "to contribute this year" and beyond.
"Myles will never leave LSU and will return to contribute this year and compete in the future," Owen said. "I promise, if you could talk to him now you would see what I see. Myles will start another game at LSU before he heads to the NFL."
Brennan played in six games as a backup in his true freshman season, but redshirted in his sophomore season after losing a position battle to eventual Heisman winner Joe Burrow. He saw action as a backup the next year, and played three games in 2020 before an oblique injury ended his season.
The first question from Brennan after the injury was what he had left for eligibility, and the first person to reach out was Brad Johnson, Max's father.
Owen said Myles will be 100% supportive of his teammate, but "he wants to finish his career at LSU as a starting quarterback."
Brennan could return this season and would still have a year of eligibility remaining if he chose to return to LSU football next season.
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