BATON ROUGE, La. — Danny Etling completed less than 50 percent of his passes in LSU’s 10-0 loss to Alabama on Saturday night. But, in Ed Orgeron’s mind, he’s still LSU’s best option at quarterback.
“In order for us to take out Danny, we’d have to really think that Brandon (Harris) could do a better job,” Orgeron said Monday. “He’d have to show us that in practice. Right now, we believe Danny is our quarterback. Not that Brandon can’t play. Nothing like that. But Danny gives us our best chance to win.”
Harris started the first two games of the season for LSU before giving way to Etling against Jacksonville State in Week 2. Harris has completed 52 percent of his passes with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions this season, compared to Etling’s 58-percent completion percentage with 7 touchdowns versus 4 interceptions.
That said, Etling had his worst game of the year against Alabama, posting an efficiency rating of 69.7. His previous low was 104.5 against Auburn.
Orgeron said this was out of the norm for Etling, and he might’ve let the pressure get to him.
“It seemed like (Etling was nervous),” Orgeorn said. “It sure did. It was totally out of his character. I think it was the first third down he threw the ball in the dirt. I don’t know. I didn’t talk to him. But it was totally outside of his character. He didn’t play well.”