Just a week after throwing a game-ending interception, LSU quarterback Brandon Harris was removed from Saturday night’s game against Jacksonville State in the team’s home opener in favor of quarterback Danny Etling.
Despite the fact that Heisman candidate Leonard Fournette did not suit up for the Tigers, Harris made it all of four passes before being pulled in favor of Etling. On the year, Harris has now gone just 12-for-21 for 131 yards through the air with one touchdown and two interceptions. But the junior from Bossier City, Louisiana, is the least popular man in town both after a shaky 2015 season and throwing a game-ending interception last weekend against Wisconsin.
Etling finished the game 6-of-14 passing for 100 yards with a touchdown and interception. LSU won 34-13.
Originally a Purdue Boilermaker, Danny Etling of Terre Haute, Indiana, has made his way down south and seemingly taken over the LSU quarterback job. In parts of two seasons at Purdue, Etling made a dozen starts, going 2-10 in his time with Purdue. He’d have just a 55.5 completion percentage and throw for 2,490 yards to go along with 16 passing touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
In what is now his junior season due to transfer rules, Etling and Harris are on the same time arc with LSU, leaving head coach Les Miles with a conundrum of who to go with under center. The Tigers have an undeniable talent in the backfield in Leonard Fournette and anything short of not winning the SEC in his time on campus would feel like a disappointment for a program that as recently as last season had their head coach rumored to be on the hot seat.