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QBs in spotlight when Auburn hosts rival LSU

LSU lost its starting quarterback and did OK anyway.

Auburn stuck with its struggling starting quarterback and did fine, too.

The guys under center will be under scrutiny when LSU (2-2, 2-2) visits Auburn (3-2, 3-2) in an SEC game Saturday afternoon.

LSU’s Myles Brennan is the first player in school history to pass for 300 yards in each of his first three career starts, but he didn’t play last week because of a leg injury.

Freshman TJ Finley stepped in and completed 17 of 21 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns and one interception in a 52-24 victory against South Carolina.

Coach Ed Orgeron said Brennan will be the starter when he’s healthy, but he won’t play until he’s fully healthy.

“We don’t have to rush Myles,” Orgeron said.

Brennan suffered a “significant” leg injury in a loss at Missouri on Oct. 10.

“I don’t know if he’s going to play” against Auburn, Orgeron said. “It all depends how practice goes this week. I’m not putting him in unless he’s 100 percent ready.”

Orgeron said Finley “looked like a veteran” in his college debut against the Gamecocks, which makes it easier for the coach to be patient with Brennan’s recovery.

LSU has an open date next week, giving Brennan more time to get healthy for the Tigers’ home game against No. 2 Alabama on Nov. 14.

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