Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - Monday morning's football practice was open to the media and of course the big news was the absence of quarterback Myles Brennan. We would find out at the conclusion of practice that Brennan had decided to retire from football, leaving the team.
Jack Bech was back on a separate field working alone. He was running routes and catching balls, looking very close to 100%. Still no sign of Chris Hilton Jr.
Looks like Brad Davis and Mike Denbrock may have decided on a starting five. Campbell (LT), Short (LG), Dellinger (C), Frazier (RG) and Bradford (RT) have been taking most of the first team snaps. If this remains the first unit in Wednesday's scrimmage, I'd have to believe this will be the unit to start on September 4th.
The defense showed a four man front on Monday, so watch for Matt House to use multiple formations once the season begins.
The Tigers will scrimmage in Tiger Stadium on Wednesday morning. Look for a lot of depth chart questions to be answered after Wednesday. Kelly has mentioned that they were hoping to have a solid depth chart in place by the end of this week.
With Brennan gone, Daniels and Nussmeier will get many more snaps. It will be interesting to see how they are rotated during the next scrimmage.
We expect Coach Kelly to announce the starting quarterback and depth chart at his Wednesday press conference. A source has confirmed that a decision was made this past weekend that Daniels will be named the starter with Nussmeier backing up.
I actually wouldn't be surprised if both see playing time during the season. Kelly has used a two quarterback system in the past at Notre Dame. We witnessed it first hand in the 2014 Music City Bowl when he played both Malik Zaire and Everett Goldson equally in a 31-28 win over LSU.
Practice is closed on Tuesday, but a select number of players will be made available to the media for questions after.