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LSU quarterback Danny Etling throws a pass for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Southern Mississippi, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. LSU won 45-10. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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Danny Etling completed 8 of 18 passes during LSU’s scrimmage Saturday.

He doesn’t see it as 8-of-18, like reporters and fans might. He sees it as, maybe, 20 positive decisions in his 28 first-string snaps. Or 23 positive decisions in 35 first-string snaps.

It’s not about completions and attempts, he said Tuesday. It’s about decisions on every play.

“We don’t read too much into the statistics,” said Etling, the Tigers presumed starting quarterback. “We read, ‘What was the play? How did you perform on the play? Did you make a good decision?’ I thought there were some good things and bad things.”


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Etling threw two interceptions during the scrimmage, one returned by freshman safety Grant Delpit for a score. In part, he attributed that to being in a scrimmage environment. The last thing you want to do is get sacked, he suggested.

In all, the offense "made strides" from Scrimmage No. 1 on Aug. 5, he said.

“It is a scrimmage,” Etling said. “You’re put in situations where you’ve got to throw the ball down the field or (you) don’t want to die with the ball in your hand.”

The Tigers are planning to hold two more camp scrimmages over the next two Saturdays. This week’s scrimmage is significant because offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s reinstallation of the offense is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

The team is scheduled Monday to turn its attention to BYU, its season-opening opponent. School starts Monday, signaling the end of camp.

Meanwhile, more than two weeks into camp, LSU’s quarterback battle rages on, Orgeron said last week, despite Etling’s firm lead. The backup job, a more tight competition, does too.

Both competitions lost a candidate Monday when redshirt freshman Lindsey Scott announced he was transferring. He signed with East Mississippi Community College on Tuesday.

His departure will “open up some more spots and plays for everyone,” Etling said.

"He decided to move on and go to a different spot that will be better for him," the quarterback said. "You wish for the best for him and hope that he can really thrive and find exactly what he’s looking for at the next stop."

Scott Rabalais contributed to this report.

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