Last week turned out to be a pretty horrible nightmare for the LSU Tigers. Four players for the SEC West powerhouse were arrested. One of those players was Anthony Jennings, the quarterback who started the season for the Tigers last year and split time with Brandon Harris for most of the season.
The Tiger finally got some good news Monday afternoon when they learned they would be gaining a quarterback to replace the suspended Jennings.
According to The Advocate, former Purdue quarterback Danny Etling has decided to transfer to Baton Rogue this season. The sophomore will have two years of eligibility left after sitting out the 2015 season, using his redshirt to do so, in accordance to NCAA rules.
Etling’s high school coach commented on the news of his transfer and his chances to play in 2016.
“He’s going to have an opportunity to compete next season,” said Mark Raetz. “There are not going to be guys who outwork him. He’s going to put himself in position to play. I don’t have any doubt he’ll do that. I would expect him to do that come the spring.”
Etling is a former four-star recruit for the Boilermakers who started the final seven games of his true freshman season and the first five of last season before losing the starting job after the team started 2-3.
In his thirteen career games, Etling has amassed 2,490 yards and sixteen touchdowns against twelve interceptions.
Etling will have to compete with Jennings, Harris, Justin McMillan and 2016 commit Feleipe Franks for the starting job next season. He feels confident in himself because of who his mentor is: LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
Cameron has stated that he wants the Tigers’ quarterback to be more mobile — hence the four quarterbacks already a part of the Tigers’ offense. Etling feels he has been working on his footwork and will be able to move around the field with the best of them next season.
Whoever the starting quarterback is come next season, he will have a good weapon standing behind him.
Leonard Fournette was an absolute beast last year for the Tigers and has been pinned as a dark horse for the Heisman this year, and with at least two more seasons ahead for him before he can declare for the draft, he will certainly add a lot of confidence to the future starting quarterback.