Back on Monday when he was introduced as LSU’s interim head coach, Ed Orgeron was not ready to commit to who he will start at quarterback. Two days later, he is.
Danny Etling, who started the last two games for LSU and played all but two drives in a third, will still be LSU’s starting QB Saturday when the Tigers host Missouri.
“I believe that Danny has earned his spot as the starting quarterback,” Orgeron said on his radio show Wednesday. “He’s done enough stuff to exemplify that he’s a leader on the team. He makes great decisions. I think he’s going to get better as the season goes by.”
Etling has completed 56 percent of his passes for 433 yards and three touchdowns across his three games, posting a passer’s efficiency rating of 118.69 and turning over only one interception. He is 1-1 as a starter and LSU is 2-1 when he’s played.
The man Etling replaced, Brandon Harris, has only played a handful of snaps since he was replaced in the first half of LSU’s home opener against Jacksonville State. But despite the fact that he hasn’t seen the field much over the last three weeks, Orgeron didn’t rule out the option of using Harris moving forward.
“Right now [Etling] is the starting quarterback, obviously, but if he wasn’t playing well or wasn’t having a good game, we would have no problem putting in Brandon,” Orgeron said.