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9. Quarterback controversy nothing new

To say Danny Etling's been in this situation before would be an understatement.

When Etling arrived as a highly touted Purdue Freshman in 2013, fifth-year senior Rob Henry was essentially put on notice. Four games into the season, Henry's time as starting quarterback was over. 

Fast-forward a year later, and it's Etling being passed over five games into the season, this time for Austin Appleby (now with Florida). Etling transferred to LSU after the season, sitting out all of 2015 per transfer rules. 

Now, it's Brandon Harris on the bench side of a quarterback controversy. If anyone in the locker room can relate, it's Danny Etling. 

LSU Spring Position Recap is a 7-part series highlighting each position’s performance during spring and outlook heading into summer workouts.

Position: Quarterback

Spring Depth Chart:

  • Brandon Harris
  • Danny Etling
  • Justin McMillan
  • Caleb Lewis

Projected Fall Depth Chart:

  • Brandon Harris
  • Danny Etling
  • Justin McMillan
  • Caleb Lewis

Three Things Learned:

  • Harris clear leader: The rising junior receiver took all, if not most, of the snaps with the starting group in the spring game and in the final spring scrimmage a week earlier. Also, coach Les Miles, after that final scrimmage, said this of Harris: “He’s ready to be the quarterback.” In a Q&A, Cam Cameron raved about Harris’ progression over the last few months, his maturity and growth. It’s pretty clear that Harris will have to get beat in camp not to start the season.
    Cam Cameron and Danny Etling. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

    Cam Cameron and Danny Etling. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

  • Etling the perfect backup: Smart, consistent, hard-worker. Those are words people use to describe Purdue Transfer Danny Etling, and they’re why many believe he’s the perfect backup quarterback to have if Harris were to go down with injury or if he were to have a struggling stretch in 2016.
  • A different QB battle: Don’t only think Etling is there to back up Harris. He’s trying to win the starting job, and that’s exactly what coaches want – a QB battle, for someone to push Harris to work harder, longer, etc. This is a different QB battle than the one Harris and Athony Jenning were locked in over the previous two years. This competition seems more cordial and friendly. For example, quarterbacks are gathering off the field to study tape and the playbook, Cameron said.

LSU Spring Position Recaps