Why did Myles Brennan leave LSU? Longtime Tigers QB steps away from football, ends career to start ‘new chapter’

From Geaux Tigers to No Tigers.

LSU Tigers passer Myles Brennan made a surprise decision to retire from football Monday, just weeks before the Tigers open their regular season against Florida State.

It’s unclear why Brennan, a former LSU starter whose options were sapped by injuries, chose to retire from the game entirely. He issued a lengthy statement on Monday but gave no real insight as to why he made the decision.

Instead, he thanks LSU supporters, teammates and coaches for his opportunities and simply says it’s time for a “new chapter.”

Brennan’s statement in full:

tiger nation,

For the past five years, I have given my whole body, heart and soul to LSU football. Playing for LSU was a dream come true. Wearing purple and gold, racing to Death Valley, winning a national championship and starting as quarterback for the LSU Tigers – what more could a kid ask for? I will never forget the time I spent here and the memories I made here.

To the players who passed next to me; to the coaches who recruited, signed and developed me; to the training staff who looked after me; to the support staff who provided me with everything I needed to compete at the highest level and continue my education; and to the fans who cheered me on every step; Thanks.

I would like to thank the student body, administration, and the entire LSU fan base for all of your tremendous support over the past five years. I will never forget my time at Baton Rouge. I love LSU and all of our fans.

I am infinitely grateful for every opportunity I got, every obstacle I overcame and every second I was a tiger. But after five seasons, it’s time for me to start a new chapter in my life. I’m announcing today that I’m retiring from football. I’m grateful for where this journey has taken me so far and I look forward to where it takes me next.

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“Myles is a great leader who has had a tremendous impact on this program and has earned everyone’s respect here,” said LSU Coach Brian Kelly. “Myles has always embodied the qualities required to fulfill our mission of becoming a Master and we truly believe that these qualities will help him succeed at every step of his journey as he progresses. “

Overall, Brennan appeared in 20 games with LSU, starting just three and throwing 201 passes for 1,712 yards, 13 touchdowns for six interceptions. Brennan assisted quarterback Joe Burrow during the Tigers’ 2019 national championship run.

The three games Brennan started came in 2020, when he was named the team’s starter, before a stomach injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season. In 2021, an off-field arm injury cost him another starting chance; the injury happened just two days before the start of the training camp.

Brennan spent a total of five years with the program and had intentions to transfer from LSU in late 2021 before a conversation with the Tigers’ new head coach, Brian Kelly, changed his mind.

He graduated from LSU in May 2021 with a degree in Sports Administration.

This offseason, the LSU passer was involved in a QB fight with Jayden Daniels, Garrett Nussmeier and Walker Howard. Reports suggested Brennan would not be named a 2022 starter, which could have led to his decision to resign.

Brennan hasn’t commented specifically on this, but his future beyond football was clearly weighing on him.

LSU QB depth chart

It’s unclear who the starter will be for LSU’s Sept. 4 season opener against Florida State, but transfer Jayden Daniels likely has the edge.

listing player Year
1 Jayden Daniels junior
2 Garrett Nussmeier Redshirt newbie
3 Wanderer Howard student in the first year

Daniels, a four-star recruit, joined Baton Rouge from Arizona State this offseason with new head coach Brian Kelly. Redshirt newcomer Garrett Nussmeier should get the second chance at the job.

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