LSU quarterback Danny Etling told reporters at the SEC Spring Meeting in Destin on Wednesday that this is the best he's felt in a year and a half, following back surgery shortly before the Tigers' spring game in April.

He said he has about three weeks of rehab remaining for an injury he aggravated in fall camp before the 2016 season.

"Been nagging me for quite a long time," he said. 

Because his back has been been bothering him for a while, he joked that he had forgotten what "normal" feels like.

Said coach Ed Orgeron on Tuesday: "He's doing great. He’s ahead of schedule. I think he’s going to be fine. He’s not able to throw yet, but I’m sure Danny has snuck in a couple throws.”

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Etling said he's anxious to finish his rehab and work on fundamentals and footwork to cure some of the "bad habits" he's developed.

He underwent what Orgeron called "minor" back surgery on April 24, two days after the spring game. 

The quarterback is the clear favorite to win LSU's starting gig. He started 10 games last season, and he's got loads more experience than the next quarterback. Justin McMillan is the only QB on the roster who's thrown a pass in a college game, and he's thrown one.

Decorated Mississippi quarterback Myles Brennan joins a competition this summer that also includes redshirt freshman Lindsey Scott and freshman Lowell Narcisse. 

The Advocate's Scott Rabalais contributed to this report.