Danny Etling calls it his “pitcher’s mound,” and he wants it pointed at his target.
Matt Canada is helping him aim.
“He’s huge on fundamentals,” said Etling, LSU’s presumed starting quarterback for 2017.
Sure, LSU’s new offensive coordinator is busy installing his scheme this spring, but he’s also focused on improving those little things that you hear coaches preach about so often: footwork, helmet alignment, shoulder angle, pad level.
In Etling’s case, Canada is concentrating on developing better footwork and shoulder alignment, the quarterback said.
“Making sure that I’m getting my shoulder at my target and making sure I’m setting my pitcher’s mound at the target,” he said. “We’re going to start with that and start with the base things. I think he’s probably got some more things, just hasn’t told me yet.”
As LSU heads into its third scrimmage in Tiger Stadium this spring, the quarterbacks have been busy. Between improving fundamentals and learning Xs and Os, it’s been a challenge.
The base of Canada’s system is mostly in. He’ll now layer plays on top of it and seek how best to use LSU’s talent. The Tigers are in the midst of searching for an identity, Etling said.
“Now we’re starting to figure out what our identity is going to be and what we’re good at and who we want to get the ball to and how we want to get them the ball,” Etling said.
Caputo joins staff
Former Wisconsin safety and All-Big Ten player Michael Caputo has joined LSU’s staff as a graduate assistant on defense, he announced in a tweet earlier this week.
Caputo, a Pennsylvania native, played under LSU defensive coordinator and then-Badgers DC Dave Aranda for two seasons in 2014-15. Tigers fans may remember him for his defensive play in LSU’s 28-24 comeback win over Wisconsin in the 2014 season opener in Houston. He finished with a game-high 15 tackles, including several against a freshman running back named Leonard Fournette.
Caputo was an unsigned free agent who spent about two weeks with the Rams last August. He joins the staff a few weeks after LSU replaced offensive line graduate assistant Eric Mateos with John Decoster. Mateos left for a full-time gig with Texas State.
Also, Dave Bucar and Matt Tomsho followed offensive coordinator Matt Canada from Pitt to LSU as offensive analysts, they both announced on Twitter several weeks ago.
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