BATON ROUGE, La. — Though the storyline may be getting asinine for fans, it is only fair to offer LSU center Will Clapp the opportunity for a rebuttal after his backside was the butt of friendly smack talk from Tigers quarterback Danny Etling last week.
Etling’s take regarding the posteriors of Clapp and fellow center Lloyd Cushenberry became a viral sensation last week, reaching ESPN’s SportsCenter and other national media outlets.
“What you want is a nice, plump bottom. A surface area to put your hands on. You want them to feel you,” Etling said last week. “As much as I love Will, and as great a football player as he is, he doesn’t have the biggest bottom. But him and I have really worked toward it. We’ve found a nice surface area to put my hands on.”
Clapp spoke with the media Tuesday, decrying the trauma inflicted on his rear by Etling’s “little, bony” hands.
“A center wants a quarterback with big hands,” Clapp said. “LSU’s No. 16 [Etling] kind of has these little, bony hands. It’s not comfortable. You want a big, meaty hand. Danny’s are just bony and not comfortable. A little pokey.”
Clapp said it is no contest as to who is his favorite player to snap the ball to.
“Lowell [Narcisse] has some beefy hands,” he said of the freshman quarterback.
On a more serious note, Clapp is back in practice this week after missing the second week of camp.
“I got a little banged up in the first scrimmage and had to take a week off,” Clapp said. “But I’m all good now.”
He would not specify the nature of the injury that sidelined him, but did note it had nothing to do with the shoulder surgery that kept him out of spring practices.
“It’s good to be back in the swing of things taking reps and knocking off the rust that had accumulated in taking the week off,” Clapp said. “Being back in it was definitely fun.”