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LSU quarterback Danny Etling is coach Ed Orgeron's expected starter heading into fall camp.

Bayou Bengal Briefing: The LSU QB competition has a leader heading into camp

Nick Suss

Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Nick Suss. Today, we return to LSU’s never-ending QB competition, check in with the Mike-the-Tiger search, look at some high-profile recruits and more. Enjoy!

Quarterbacks will never not be in the news

LSU coach Ed Orgeron spoke at the Baton Rouge Rotary Club on Wednesday, previewing the upcoming season in a similar manner to his filibuster at SEC Media Days. Except this time, he was a little more revealing when it came to his team’s quarterback competition.

When addressing the state of his quarterbacks, Orgeron said he “really feels like” Danny Etling will end up winning the job. The job has always been Etling’s to lose, so this isn’t too revealing. But the terminology has never been so direct.

On top of that, Orgeron doubled down on his recent claim that Myles Brennan will someday win a championship; he just wasn’t willing to say when.

Etling, Brennan and the rest of the Tigers will begin fall camp on Monday. SEC Country will be live on the scene Sunday for the opening press conference and every day thereafter. You won’t have to go too far to find stories.

Tiger Talk

At the same event where Orgeron revealed his quarterback thoughts, LSU president F. King Alexander had a few words to say about LSU’s search for a new Mike the Tiger. All offseason, the company line is that the new Mike would arrive on campus in August alongside the new class of freshmen.

That tone seemed to shift Wednesday.

To be fair, classes don’t start for the LSU fall semester until Aug. 21, so LSU would have 11 days after the habitat is ready to fulfill its promise. But the students will arrive about a week before that, cutting the deadline a little closer than it might look.

Either way, Alexander indicated the search is going well and there are “a few leads.” Still, no individual tiger has been selected to be LSU’s next live mascot.

(As a shameless plug: Here’s a story I wrote back in January about the Mike the Tiger tradition and the legacy of Roscoe.)


The folks over at SB Nation launched a massive retrospective of the 2007 college football season Wednesday. At the heart of it was a prodigious story looking back at Les Miles and the magic of LSU’s 2007 campaign.

If you’re interested in reliving the glory days, or perhaps re-learning some facts you might’ve forgotten, I highly suggest you click here. This link should give you access to every story, including one looking back at the incredibly weird game that was LSU versus Florida.

I got lost for two hours just reading these posts. Fair warning, you might too.

Checking in with the ‘croots

Recruiting is silly. But people still love it. So, let’s lean into the silliness. Here are some big stories from Wednesday, as written by SEC Country silliness expert — I mean recruiting expert — Sam Spiegelman.

Elsewhere on SEC Country

Over the last two weeks, Alex Hickey and I have been going position by position previewing the 2017 LSU football season. Wednesday, it was time to look at the inside linebackers.

Devin White and Donnie Alexander headline the group, but fans are right to be excited about the freshman trio of Jacob Phillips, Patrick Queen and Tyler Taylor. Click through the link above to read that preview, as well as for links to all of our position previews. Thursday, it’ll be time to talk cornerbacks.

Yes. DBU day is here.

Aaron ‘Freaking’ Nola

One of the best pitchers in LSU baseball history is asserting himself as one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.

Former LSU pitcher and Philadelphia Phillies first-round pick Aaron Nola threw six innings of shutout baseball for the Phillies on Wednesday, striking out 10 and walking one as the Phils took down the AL-leading Houston Astros, the team with the best offense in baseball.

Over his last eight starts, Nola has posted a 1.49 ERA in 48 1/3 innings pitched, striking out 60 batters in the process. His 10 strikeouts Wednesday night equaled a new career high. Given that the Phillies have the worst record in baseball, Nola’s production might be too little, too late. But he’s growing into the star LSU fans expected after becoming the SEC’s first-ever two-time pitcher of the year.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at, Thursday is “National Refreshment Day.” So, let’s prepare to celebrate the vaguest holiday there is.

It’s hot. So, I get that we need something to refresh us. But you can’t have a holiday that celebrates everything refreshing. I don’t have enough celebratory juice in me to glorify ice-cold soda and swimming pools and lemonade and sprinklers and reaching into ice boxes and also eating chili dogs, for which Thursday also is the National Day of the Year.

So, whatever it is that refreshes you, celebrate it Thursday. And be sure to beat the heat.

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