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By LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
With news of starting quarterback Myles Brennan's abdominal / hip tear proving extremely serious, awkward to treat and fairly rare for football players, LSU have been practicing their two freshmen powerhouses T.J Finley and Mad Max Johnson.
However, there's also a third quarterback we'd like to introduce, a young man who saw Joe Burrow's illustrious wonder first hand throughout 2019...a gem who may find his way to the field...
While many LSU fans have underestimated Myles Brennan's abilities, they were also unaware or bias against his background when it comes to how our fanbase viewed his toughness.
This is a guy who played with an arm ripped completely open at Saint Stanislaus High School...
Although I publish these writings due to the likelihood of his injuries grounding him this weekend, I wouldn't be shocked if Myles Brennan is starting vs South Carolina, gutting it through 4 quarters...
T.J FINLEY (Freshman)
72 TDs (58 Passing, 14 Rushing)
Like a long, tall, cannon-armed JaMarcus Russell doppelganger, T.J Finley appears to be a fine addition to the quarterback room:
Coupling an accurate arm alongside his incredible mass, T.J won't be afraid of any pocket collapsing nonsense.
Finley's arm may be raw, his football IQ as a freshman quarterback might not process the range of motion involved within LSU's offense just yet, but this extra time away from the responsibilities of school has afforded guys like T.J Finley an abundance of opportunities in which to dissect the playbook of Steve Ensminger.
While many favor Max Johnson based upon the incredible success he's experienced recently and the competitive drive he's demonstrated during practices, we can't count Finley out completely.
This is a kid who racked up a ridiculous amount of offensive output during high school, who's beefy physique could survive the hits, if not absorb blow after blow and continue launching dimes.
Finley's pure passing arm is extremely attractive when you look at LSU's bountiful weapons, his poise and calm under duress during his few snaps in scrimmages left a great impression, but is he ready?
We figured T.J-Max as they're dubbed would be a 2022 quarterback controversy...but things have accelerated fast and local hero out of Ponchatoula T.J Finley may be ready to step in...but if he does, T.J would be hampered by a care-taking role:
Our offense must stay aggressive regardless of who's playing quarterback...and if T.J Finley is to be the guy, look for LSU to utilize his effortless pocket-passing rhythms.
I witnessed Finley make a few spectacular throws into first team coverage during the summer scrimmages, the kid possesses the arm talent of a Gold Medal javelin thrower.
Could we see Finley??
T.J ran a more pro-style offense in high school, he's used to most of LSU's sets, but can he escape pressure?
MAX JOHNSON (Freshman)
-Son of former NFL QB and Super Bowl-winner Brad Johnson
He's absolutely his father's son...but evolution has a way of fine-tuning genetics...
Max sports the same laid back, Southern-fried demeanor as his father, former Washington $nyderskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Super Bowl-winning Quarterback Brad Johnson.
Mad Max is a left handed, RPO quarterback dashing and splashing opponents using his legs first, arm second.
Although still very unpolished in his mechanics, I feel a sense of satisfaction, excitement and curiosity when I see him throwing the football or when viewing his previous high school highlights at Oconee in Georgia.
Just like T.J Finley, how high is Max Johnson's ceiling as far as making decisions with the football, throwing into tight coverage, escaping pressure to make accurate throws down the field etc??
Already this summer, he's shown an unbelievable improvement in his arm strength and his reads, always aware that he can crawl forward with his mobility, keeping his head up and making fast decisions.
Both Max and T.J were early enrollees and followed Joe Burrow during the Tigers bowl preparations months ago, and the education from watching how the greats work will prove invaluable to both Max or T.J during this crazy, uncertain opening to the season.
We feel Mad Max is the choice, we believe in his ability to run a more attack-oriented offense, with his legs potentially unlocking the ground game overall....plus, he can make most of the throws.
More than anything, we know Mad Max is ready for the moment.
(Red Shirt Freshman)
-2019 National Champion
As an Elite 11 quarterback from Blue Valley High School, Kansas, Walker Kinney is a firecracker of a player, showing off a shocking, stunning knack for the big play for a young man of his size.
Kinney produced moments of epic magic, twisting and turning on the option out wide, bending defenders with a slight little twinge and turn of direction...this guy isn't even fast...he's just instinctive....he's an entertaining, incendiary backyard quarterback and I'm excited as hell LSU grabbed him.
"Skywalker" Kinney is ready to play for keeps...Myles Brennan, Max Johnson or T.J Finley regardless, the boy from Kansas is a competitive steambreather.
If Walker were given a chance, he may not let geaux.
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BY LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
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SHOUTOUTS: MYLES, WE'RE WITH YOU!