After coming in of relief of Brandon Harris last Saturday, LSU quarterback Danny Etling has been named the starter by head coach Les Miles for the Tigers’ SEC opener against Mississippi Sate on Saturday.
The LSU football Twitter account confirmed the news with a video posted on Friday.
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This will be Etling’s first start of the season. After Harris’ struggles this was expected, and was one of the worst-kept secrets in Baton Rouge.
Harris was yanked in Saturday’s game against Jacksonville State after completing just 1-4 passes for eight yards. In one and half games (including the Tigers’ loss to Wisconsin), Harris could not make the offense march down the field consistently
Etling came in and completed 6-14 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He also added a rushing touchdown in the game.
More from Ross Dellenger of The Advocate on Miles’ decision to go with Etling:
“I think Danny can handle the place and the stage and playing in a televised game in Tiger Stadium,” Miles said in the video, taken after the Tigers practiced Thursday night.
“I would say that that is still the case,” he said when asked if Etling would start. “You know what? It’s hard for me to prematurely … I just want you to know, Danny will take the first snap, but I hold the right to make that decision any time I want to.”
Etling, a 6’1”, 215-pound signal caller from Terre Haute, Indiana sat out all of last season after transferring in from Purdue. He started 12 games in his career at Purdue, and finished with 2,490 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions as a Boilermaker.