BATON ROUGE, La. — The five scholarship quarterbacks on the LSU football team have combined to attempt 699 career college passes. 698 of those belong to Danny Etling. But just because Etling’s the only experienced guy on roster doesn’t mean LSU’s quarterback job belong to him.
LSU football coach Ed Orgeron kept the message steady in his introductory press conference Tuesday, saying LSU will have an open competition at quarterback this spring. Etling is the incumbent veteran and therefore the leader, but veteran backups Justin McMillan and Lindsey Scott Jr. are also in the discussion, along with true freshman Lowell Narcisse, who early enrolled back in January.
“Danny has had an excellent offseason,” Orgeron said. “He’s our leader. Justin McMillan has had an excellent offseason. Lindsey Scott has looked good. And Lowell Narcisse is joining us, he’s lost some weight, he looks good.”
Orgeron gawked when it was insinuated that he might run a two-quarterback system. He clearly wants to find his guy. But it seems like Coach O is going to leave that responsibility to new offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who he wants to develop a quarterback who fits the system he wants to run.
As of right now, Etling is probably the best fit. But that doesn’t mean Canada won’t be searching for something better.
“Danny’s the leader clearly right now and he’ll probably end up being the leader,” Orgeron said. “But I wanted to make it open for Justin, for Lindsey, for Lowell and for Myles. Matt is going to run his offense, but he’s going to adapt it to what he wants. We’re going to open up the offense, throw it down the field.”
If there’s one thing about Canada that Orgeron wants you to know, it’s that he fits in perfectly with the rest of the LSU football coaching staff. Between Canada and new offensive coaches Tommie Robinson and Mickey Joseph, LSU’s offensive staff is developing into a cohesive unit.
In Orgeron’s image, of course.
“There’s no reserve about Matt Canada,” Orgeron said. “He fits in right with us. He’s a go-getter, he’s very intelligent, he has a commanding presence about himself. He’s a good guy to work with. He’s going to fit right in with us.”