HOOVER, Ala. — Will Danny Etling be LSU’s starting quarterback this fall?
The answer to that is likely best classified as — probably.
But Ed Orgeron left the window open during an appearance at the 2017 SEC Media Days on Monday. Entering his first full season as the leader of the LSU program, Orgeron detailed his decision to open the competition for the starting job up to all quarterbacks on the roster during the spring, allowing new offensive coordinator Matt Canada an opportunity to see how each player would fit into his scheme.
The decision? Well, it’s less than definitive in mid-July.
“Right now if we were to play, Danny Etling would be our starter,” Orgeron said during his opening remarks in the main media ballroom on Monday. “There’s still a competition there, but Danny is the leader.”
He went on to explain that he was happy with what he saw from his young quarterbacks, calling out Lowell Narcisse by name, among others. But he also expressed confidence in Etling, who is recovering from offseason back surgery.
During his first season as a Tigers quarterback, the former Purdue transfer threw for 2,123 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is entering his final season of eligibility in 2017.