BATON ROUGE, La. – New LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger said Thursday that rising sophomore quarterback Myles Brennan will take the first snaps with the starting offense this spring.
“Yes, Myles is going to take the first snap of spring practice, but as we get into teams and we get into scrimmages, I’ve got to allow these other kids – Lowell (Narcisse) and Justin (McMillan) – to get with the first group and run the reps and everything else,” Ensminger said Thursday night on “Hangin’ with Hester” on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge.
Ensminger explained a new NCAA rule that allows coaches two hours per week with their players during the last three weeks of recruiting. LSU coaches used it to meet with the team last Monday and Friday while recruiting on the days between. They used that time to begin implementing the offense.
“It’s my job to do a good job of playing to their strengths,” he said. “Myles is a different quarterback than Justin McMillan. Justin McMillan is a different quarterback than Lowell Narcisse.
“Hopefully, as we put this together, when they’re in the ballgame, I’m not going to ask one of those quarterbacks to do what another quarterback can do. I can play to his strength.”
Quarterback isn’t the only question LSU must answer this spring. Gone are running backs Derrius Guice and Darrell Williams as well as the team’s top two receivers, D.J. Chark and Russell Gage. The Tigers also must replace center Will Clapp and tackles K.J. Malone and Toby Weathersby.
“We had a chance to go over our personnel,” Ensminger said before dead-panning, “I’m really looking forward to this. You don’t know who your center is going to be. You don’t know who your quarterback is going to be. You don’t know who your go-to receiver is right now and you don’t know who your running back is. So, I’m fired up to go to spring ball.”
This will be Ensminger’s first spring practice as a full-time OC since 1998, when he was at Clemson. He replaces Matt Canada, who spent one season at LSU before reaching a separation agreement with LSU after a season filled with rumblings about friction between he and Ed Orgeron. Canada subsequently was hired as the offensive coordinator at Maryland.
LSU opens spring drills March 11, and they will culminate with the National L Club Spring Game at Tiger Stadium on April 21.
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