Danny Etling is the incumbent starting quarterback at LSU, but SEC Network’s Greg McElroy wouldn’t be surprised if someone beat him out.
Etling, a transfer from Purdue, took over the starting job a few games into last season.
He finished the year completing 160-of-269 passes for 2,123 yards, 11 touchdowns, and five interceptions. Etling completed 59.5-percent of his throws, and threw for a respectable, if not amazing, 7.89 yards per attempt.
With the Tigers’ amazing rushing attack, Etling got by as a serviceable player last season. That doesn’t necessarily mean that his job is safe this fall, though.
SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy was on with Paul Finebaum on Friday, and thinks that Ed Orgeron might opt for one of his younger, higher-ceiling players. Via SEC Country:
“I wouldn’t be shocked and it’s close that they go with a younger player,” McElroy said on the Paul Finebaum Show.
“This is Ed Orgeron’s first year and is not a make or break year in his tenure,” McElroy said. “So if they start with a freshman and allow that offense to grow with that freshman or one of those young guys. As opposed to Danny Etling it’s kind of a one-year deal and he’s on to greener pastures.”
LSU has two four-star freshmen quarterbacks on campus: Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse. Earlier in the week, Orgeron praised his young guns, specifically Brennan, but said that Etling remains the No. 1 guy.
“[Myles] still needs to learn the offense, obviously. He has to be more comfortable with his reads,” Orgeron said. “But his ability to throw the ball is something special. It’s just fun to see that ball come out of his hands.
“But we’re going to have to bring him along when he’s ready. We’re not going to throw him into the fire. That’s the worst thing we can do. Let him develop. Let Lowell Narcisse develop. Give them the opportunity to compete. And when they’re ready, give them the chance. But right now Danny is still our No. 1 quarterback.”
If Etling struggles early on, like Brandon Harris did last season, it wouldn’t be too crazy to see Brennan take over. BYU provides an interesting first test for whomever is under center when LSU kicks off its season on September 2 at NRG Stadium in Houston.