There are a number of intersting quarterback battles in the SEC this year between Tennessee, Auburn, Texas A&M and Kentucky. But perhaps one fans should be paying closer attention too is the LSU battle.
Danny Etling is the returning starter but is also coming off of back surgery. And the Tigers did bring in two 4-star freshman in Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse
And on Friday, ESPN’s Greg McElroy added some fuel to the fire by saying he wouldn’t be surprised if Ed Orgeron went with a younger option than the senior Etling.
“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.”
Last year Etling took over the starting gig for Brandon Harris during the season. Etling threw for 11 touchdowns to just five interceptions but averaged fewer than 200 yards per game on the season.
Meanwhile, Orgeron has raved early on about Brennan, but the first year coach has also tried to preach patience with Brennan.
“Does he have the ability to be a first-string quarterback as a freshman? Yes, he does,” Orgeron said. “I have no doubt about it. “Is [Myles] ready. “Not yet.”
The Tigers open their season in Houston when they take on BYU on Sept. 2. Whoever ends up starting will have the luxury of handing the ball off to Derrius Guice, who is perhaps the best running back in the SEC.