So, what would you say to replacing Jared Goff with another 6-foot-4, 185-pound blond bomber, but with a Southern accent? Sound good? Well, that's what California is hoping to do with record-setting quarterback Myles Brennan.
As a sophomore, he completed 70.9% of his passes, with 64 touchdowns to 14 interceptions, and led Bay St. Louis (Miss.) St. Stanislaus to a 4A State Championship appearance. He earned 4A Player of the Year honors while throwing for 5,798 yards.
Offered back in October, and after that, he pulled down offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky and West Virginia, with Texas, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss showing interest, with his older brother having played for the Rebels.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1630585-who-replaces-jared... "I'd been talking to them for a while," Brennan says of the Bears. "One of my tight ends -- Chase Rogers -- he got offered last March, and then mine, they wanted me to come up for a camp, and they wanted to see me throw, but I wasn't able to make my way out there this past summer."
Since he couldn't throw in front of the coaches, the coaches just watched his tape. And it's impressive. Though he has a slight frame, he's got a lot of arm talent, and, like Goff, he steps up into pressure and isn't afraid to take a hit as long as he can complete a pass. He could certainly pass for Goff's little brother.
As a junior, Brennan led the Rock-a-Chaws to an 11-4 record and yet another run to the MHSAA title game, where St. Stanislaus lost, 44-23, to Noxubee County. On the way to that game, though, Brennan put up another stupifying season: 303-for-486 passing (62.3%), 5,248 yards, 53 touchdowns to just eight interceptions and a QB rating of 128.5.
He also added 71 carries for 497 yards on the ground -- serving as the second-leading rusher on his team -- and scored eight TDs with his feet.
For comparison: Goff, as a senior at Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic, went 235-of-368 as a senior, with 3,692 yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions (QBR 120).
"5,700 yards as a sophomore, and 5,200 yards as a junior, I really don't know how to explain that," says Brennan. "It's really the whole team, especially the offense and my coach, who puts me in positions to do the things I'm doing. I could be under center, handing the ball off like all the other high schools out there. Then, the receiving corps I have is crazy. We had three receivers going for over 1,000 receiving yards. That's crazy, too. It's kind of a combination of everything. The line blocks for me, gives me time to get through my reads, make the good read, go through the progressions, and receivers making big plays and getting yards after the catch. It's a combination of all those things, and all the work that I put in, in training and preparing me to do these types of things."
One of the reasons for Brennan's prolific passing is that his offense is very similar to the Bear Raid.
"The type of offense, it's identical to ours," says Brennan, who paid close attention to Cal over the course of the season. "Watching the few games that I could, it was crazy. I felt like I was playing the game, as I was watching on TV. They throw the ball so many times, and they're putting up big numbers, but they're also winning. It's crazy. There's something about the team, and the offense, that really sticks with me, so I'm really excited to go out there and see what it's all about."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1581097-cal-offers-three-u... This was the first season that Brennan hasn't had big Ryan Gibson in front of him, and though the two did cross paths over the holidays -- briefly -- they didn't get to talking about Berkeley. Brennan will find out, soon enough, though, about what life is like out on the West Coast.
"We were both working out, and I went to the Army Bowl, and that's when he was kind of home," Brennan says. "I've talked to him once about it, but I'm excited to come out and see how it is."
While Brennan couldn't make the trip last summer, he doesn't want to waste any more time.
"I'm expecting to get out there in the spring," says Brennan. "I'm trying to make a visit in the spring, before the summer, and then get out there again in the summer. I was talking to coach [Jacob] Peeler, and they want to get me out there in the spring, when it's not crowded and packed, and there's not a bunch of players and recruits everywhere, so I can go and get a real feel for how it is, feel at home and be relaxed, and enjoy the experience."
Brennan got a very different type of experience this past week in San Antonio, Tex., where he was one of over 600 players -- and 100 quarterbacks -- to attend the U.S. Army All-American Combine at the Alamodome.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1508206-rogers-scores-firs... "I felt like I did really well," Brennan says. "We drove in from Mississippi, we left Wednesday, got there Wednesday night, then registration was on Thursday, Friday was the combine. It was an all-day thing. It really tested how physically strong you were. We got there at 8 a.m. and left at 6:30. Personally, I think I did really well. With 681 kids and over 100 quartebacks, the reps you get are limited, so I probably threw 15, maybe 20 balls and completed over half of them."
The Combine throws prospects from across the country into a grinder and completions are difficult, given the lack of familiarity with receivers, so completing over half is fairly impressive, as was his 40 time. The turf at the Alamodome is notoriously slow, but still, Brennan ran his fastest 40 yet -- a 4.8. He also recorded a 27.5-inch vertical leap and a nine-foot broad jump.
"Last year, I was at a 4.9, and I've just been working," he says. "This offseason, I'm really going to work on my feet and get a trainer. I'm hoping to get it down to a 4.7, that would be perfect. Any lower, obviously, is great. My goal right now is to get it down to a 4.7, 4.6. That would be in the perfect range."