BATON ROUGE, La. — Training camp is fast approaching, which means it is time to start thinking LSU football. SEC Country is counting down the days until camp with a position-by-position preview of how the Tigers stack up.
We start this week with the offense. Next week, the defense. And the week after that, the Tigers will already be starting camp.
Yep. Football season is right around the corner.
The incumbent: Danny Etling
If just one more second of time had been made available, Danny Etling might be seen by LSU fans as the gutty comeback kid who authored a dramatic road win over Auburn last year. Instead, he is viewed much more tepidly by most — neither a detriment nor an asset, but a placeholder.
But as Ed Orgeron stated at SEC Media Days, if the season began today, Etling would be LSU’s starting quarterback. Etling will go into training camp as the man to beat. He’s the only LSU quarterback who has thrown a pass in college. He’s also coming off a back surgery that is supposed to have eliminated a nagging injury that affected him last year.
Etling is already a solid team leader. In camp, he will show if he has the stuff to top his numbers from 2016 (2,123 yards, 59.5 percent completions, 11 touchdowns, 5 INT).
No quarterback did more to help himself this spring than McMillan, who like Etling is a pocket passer, albeit slightly more nimble.
The spring game didn’t provide him with much of a showcase, however. Playing behind a patchwork offensive line, McMillan was sacked 4 times in the first half and completed 1 of 3 pass attempts.
Nevertheless, McMillan will begin camp as Etling’s definitive backup with a chance to push higher.
Lindsey Scott Jr.
If Vegas was setting the odds on who the Tigers starting quarterback will be in 2017, Scott would be the longest shot.
The 5-foot-11 dual threat is a very capable runner, but his passing accuracy needs to improve this August to have a shot at rising up the depth chart.
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who looks the part better than Narcisse.
At 6-foot-2 and 237 pounds, he has the build of a slightly-shrunken Cam Newton. This spring was the first time he practiced since undergoing a second knee surgery in high school, and that rust often showed. Of all LSU quarterbacks, Narcisse seems to have the most cannon-like arm. His key to winning the starting job will be developing some touch to go with his zip.
The Newcomer: Myles Brennan
As Orgeron himself stated after the LSU spring game, “We haven’t seen Myles Brennan yet. We told him when we recruited him we would give him a fair chance.”
There is a lot of ground for Brennan to make up.
His high school didn’t allow him to enroll early at LSU, so he has to do in four weeks what his fellow quarterbacks have had since March to work on under new offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
It’s quite possible Brennan could redshirt this year and still be the favorite to start for the Tigers in 2018. And there is also a reason Orgeron is waiting to see him before declaring a starter — Brennan’s pretty good and could well win the job.
Tuesday: Running backs
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