Finding right LSU quarterback will require some patience

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Question of the Day: Wednesday, March 14

LSU is through two days of spring practice, and the biggest question has already been asked dozens of times in dozens of ways. Everybody wants to know about the quarterbacks.

The most frustrating thing I have to tell everyone is this: I don’t know who should be LSU’s starting quarterback. All we have seen in the open media portion at two spring practices are handoffs and the quarterbacks playing catch amongst themselves. By those standards, it’s a dead heat.

Of course, E-Money wants to know my opinion on the best option.

Right now I think that guy is Myles Brennan, but I don’t think that because I prefer a pocket passer over a dual-threat quarterback. A team should play the quarterback that gives it the best chance to win. That’s why I was on Team Etling last season even though I believe Brennan and Lowell Narcisse will be better quarterbacks some day. A fifth-year senior was far more advanced than two true freshmen, even if Danny Etling’s talent had a ceiling.

Brennan goes into the spring with the advantage since he saw the most first-team reps last season. I see this as his job to lose — but he definitely could lose it.

Narcisse’s arms are seemingly as thick as Brennan’s legs. He’s a strong kid, and he can whip the ball downfield even though he’s most frequently labeled as a running threat. The key for Narcisse is developing touch in the short- and mid-range passing game. With LSU spreading out the offense and losing a blocker up front, Narcisse’s mobility could be an X-factor that wins him the job.

Justin McMillan also seems to be more a factor in this race than I ever give him credit for. He’s a member of the team’s 12-man leadership council, so he’s definitely the guy in the locker room. That intangible could help him get the nod if the three quarterbacks are even going into fall camp.

Though the competition won’t be decided until August, it would benefit LSU to have the starter make himself obvious by the end of the spring. Right now, it remains wide open. Consider Brennan the favorite, but by no means is he a lock.

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