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LSU quarterback Danny Etling is poised to be the Tigers' starter this season.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Danny Etling will need five to six weeks of rehabilitation after his back surgery, but he "should be fine," coach Ed Orgeron confirmed to The Advocate on Thursday night.

The school announced Monday afternoon that the senior quarterback and projected starter underwent a back procedure Monday that LSU called "minor."

"He'll be back ready to go for camp," Orgeron told Finebaum earlier in the day Thursday.

Etling has battled back pain for several months, and the surgery is expected to relieve the pain.

Etling, a senior from Indiana, started 10 games last season and is poised to be the Tigers' starter again, though coaches are keeping the battle open through preseason camp.

Etling took most of the first-string snaps during spring practice, but he struggled during LSU's spring game Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

It's unclear how much the back issue hampered Etling's play during last season or Saturday night. It is not clear when the back injury flared up or started.

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