Matt Canada gives thoughts on LSU’s QB battle

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In quarterback news…

LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada spoke to the media in a group setting for the first time since December after the Tigers’ practice Monday, breaking down what he’s seen from his new unit. And while his comments on the running backs and offensive line were interesting, I know why y’all are here. So let’s talk about quarterbacks.

Canada was unsurprisingly complimentary about the trio of incumbent starter Danny Etling, freshman dropback passer Myles Brennan and freshman dual-threat option Lowell Narcisse. Specifically, Canada said Etling looks more confident and is throwing with more velocity than he has in the past, Brennan has gotten better every week and Narcisse has proven his confidence while quickly learning the offense.

Back on Saturday, LSU football coach Ed Orgeron made it clear that both Brennan and Narcisse could see playing time in 2017. Of course, neither has passed Etling on the depth chart yet. But Canada echoed Orgeron’s declaration, saying the quarterback battle hasn’t been decided yet and he’s not sure when a starter will be announced.

Whenever that is, however, Canada won’t be the one making the announcement. The offensive coordinator made it clear Monday that Orgeron will have final say regarding who starts against BYU on Sept. 2. Intuitively, that makes sense. Orgeron is the head coach, and this feels like a head coach decision. But Canada was brought in to be the quarterback guru and offensive soothsayer.

Hopefully Orgeron’s decision is one heavily influenced by Canada, if not made in name only by Orgeron. Because Orgeron said his undoing at Ole Miss was overstepping his responsibilities. And taking quarterbacks away from the offensive coordinator would certainly qualify under that tab.

Film from my phone to your eyes

In addition to getting to talk to Canada and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, we in the media got to watch practice for the first time all fall Monday. Alex Hickey had you covered when it came to a practice report, giving updates on everyone from Derrius Guice and Arden Key to Tyler Shelvin and the defensive backs.

Go ahead and click on that link for more details. But stay here for some videos I took. We’ll have more as camp continues and the season begins, and hopefully they’ll be slightly more eventful than today’s.

Mike Drop

Mike VII on his first day as LSU’s official mascot. (Sam Spiegelman/SEC Country)

Monday wasn’t just a big news day. It also graded pretty high on the adorability charts. That’s right. A new Mike the Tiger was officially ordained. I headed over to Mike’s enclosure after practice Monday along with Hickey and our SEC Country colleague Sam Spiegelman to see what Mike was up to.

Turns out, he’s got quite a bit of pent-up energy. The first thing I saw him do was run headfirst into the inner fence of his enclosure … still hasn’t totally acclimated to his surroundings.

But what he lacks in field awareness, he more than makes up for in personality. Whereas some animals would be spooked by a sudden increase in notoriety, this tiger lived up to the crowds engulfing him at all times.

Here’s a quick video I snapped of Mike VII strutting around his sanctuary for 30 seconds or so. Try not to awwwww.

Worth reading

Quarterbacks and tigers aside, there was plenty of LSU football news Monday. Here’s a smattering of links to help guide you in your further knowledge.

Elsewhere on SEC Country

We here at the SEC Country LSU site have our own podcast now. No, really. Get excited!

It’s called One Team, One Podcast. And host Carter Bryant spoke with LSU legend Charles Alexander, who talked about a series of topics, including his belief that Guice is the best running back in LSU history and will rush for more than 2,000 yards in 2017.

Give that a listen if you haven’t already. And be sure to stay posted to SEC Country five mornings a week for the show. It’ll be like the Bayou Bengal Briefing, but spoken. Which as all anyone really wants, right?

Odell Beckham Jr. gets his own section

Former LSU wide receiver and kicking net enthusiast Odell Beckham Jr. left the New York Giants preseason game Monday night with an apparent ankle injury.

The Giants officially diagnosed the injury as a sprain. Beckham was evaluated for a concussion but cleared. Losing Beckham would be a huge loss for the Giants. Along with Falcons standout Julio Jones, Beckham is one of two players in NFL history to average more than 90 receiving yards per game for a career. As a point of comparison, legendary 49ers and Raiders receiver Jerry Rice averaged less than 76 yards per game for his career.

This will definitely be a storyline worth following. If there are any updates on his health status, you best believe the Bayou Bengal Briefing will let you know.

Today in arbitrary anniversaries

On this day 31 years ago, famed coming-of-age film Stand By Me was released in theaters. Starring an impressive group of child actors including River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Wil Wheaton, this movie belongs in the pantheon of best films adapted from Stephen King works.

It’s also just a darned good movie about being young. True story: I celebrated my 17th birthday by watching this movie with four friends. And this movie is so good that that’s only a kind-of-sad story.

So if you can, watch this movie today. If not, just watch this scene. It’s a true classic.

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