Even Shaq has added to the racket about LSU’s quarterback situation.
Many voices have weighed in about the Tigers’ uncertainty behind center, and it’s a popular opinion that Danny Etling gives LSU a better chance to win than Brandon Harris. The latest twists and turns of this soap opera will happen when the Tigers host Mississippi State on Saturday.
But Shaquille O’Neal, a former LSU basketball great, offered sage advice earlier in the week.
Speaking with Matt Moscona of Gridiron Now, O’Neal delivered a message that would serve both Etling and Harris well.
“I don’t know about the quarterback situation,” O’Neal said. “But I know whoever gets on the (field), you have to bring that pride and represent the guys that played before you and brought it.”
O’Neal relayed a story of when he first arrived at LSU and struggled with established stars Chris Jackson and Stanley Roberts already on the roster. “I had to be real with myself,” he said. “Started a couple games. Didn’t work out. Coach (Dale) Brown pulled me. But I was real with myself.
“When you come (to LSU) you have to bring it. So if the coaches having conversations about moving you, you’re not bringing it. So you have to be able to look in the mirror and say, ‘Am I bringing it?'”
LSU needs someone to “bring it” in a big way for the Tigers to meet their potential the rest of the season. No matter the answer at quarterback, it’s clear LSU needs someone other than Leonard Fournette to carry the offensive load.
Harris’ struggles are well-documented, and Etling didn’t exactly light it up in a victory over Jacksonville State last Saturday.
How’s Shaq’s arm?