The quarterback who’s expected to sling the ball for the Bayou Bengals in a little more than two months is on track to do just that.
LSU senior Danny Etling, who underwent surgery on April 24 to treat lower back pain, has been throwing for two weeks with no pain, according to a story by The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger on Friday.
Etling spoke to reporters at Nicholls State during the annual Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La., where he’s serving as a counselor to young quarterbacks and others.
He revealed that he’s not yet 100 percent, but Etling expects to be by the time fall camp rolls around for the Tigers. He’s still rehabbing his left leg, which was affected by nerve issues in his lower back, but Etling stated that “This is the best I’ve felt since surgery and even before.”
For now, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Etling is trying to correct some mechanics that were thrown out of whack because of the setback.
“I started some light throwing maybe six weeks out (of surgery), working on some fundamental things I wanted to change because I had developed some bad habits, just because I’d throw it so it wouldn’t hurt,” Etling said, according to Dellenger. “I’d throw it in different ways that I shouldn’t, with bad footwork and with bad fundamentals. It’s been a process of having those bad fundamentals and replacing those with what I want to do. That’s been a long process that I’m still undergoing.”
Etling said that he was scheduled to be cleared eight weeks out of surgery, which just passed four days ago, “so I’m cleared.”
In 10 starts last season, Etling led LSU to a 7-3 record, including a Citrus Bowl win over Louisville. For the season, he threw for 2,123 yards with 11 TDs and 5 INTs, completing 59.5 percent of his passes.