LSU will start true freshman TJ Finley at quarterback this weekend against South Carolina, coach Ed Orgeron said Thursday evening.
Finley earned the start over fellow true freshman Max Johnson after a two-week competition. Orgeron intends to play both quarterbacks in the game. Neither has taken a college snap.
“It was a very close battle,” Orgeron said. “I wish we could start two.”
Playing the true freshmen became a necessity after redshirt junior Myles Brennan suffered an abdominal injury in the first quarter Oct. 10 against Missouri. Despite trouble rotating, Brennan threw for 430 yards and four touchdowns.
Brennan’s injury, which doesn’t require surgery, limited him more as adrenaline wore off. He wouldn’t have played against Florida last weekend, a game postponed because of coronavirus cases within the Gators’ program, and he hasn’t practiced this week.
LSU has started seven true freshman quarterbacks all-time, the most recent being Brandon Harris against Auburn in 2014. They’ve combined for a 3-4 record.
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