While quarterbacks at Purdue, Danny Etling and Austin Appleby shared a wall as neighbors at a West Lafayette, Indiana, apartment complex.
They'll share a field Saturday at their new homes when LSU and Florida meet.
Etling and Appleby both transferred out of Purdue and into Southeastern Conference programs: Etling to LSU in the summer of 2015 and Appleby to Florida in January of 2016.
"It’s a pretty neat thing. It’s something that I don’t think either one of us thought when we first went to Purdue," Etling said. "It’s kind of a cool, unique thing that happened."
Etling has secured his place as LSU's starting quarterback, but that's not necessarily the case for Appleby. The senior started the past two games in place of Luke Del Rio, who suffered a MCL sprain in his knee late in a win over North Texas on Sept. 17.
Del Rio returned to practice last week but was not ready to play against Vanderbilt. His status for the game against LSU is unclear, but Florida coach Jim McElwain said Monday that Del Rio's "mindset is he's going to play."
"He’ll go some (Monday), he’ll go more (Tuesday) and Wednesday,” McElwain said. “We’ll see exactly where and how much that swells and where the pain is and where the stability is.”
Appleby is there if needed. The Ohio native replaced Etling as Purdue's starter during the 2014 season, a move that resulted in Etling transferring last summer. Appleby lost his own starting job with the Boilermakers and transferred after the 2015 season.
The two quarterbacks still keep in contact. In fact, Appleby texted Etling when the junior replaced Brandon Harris as LSU's starter.
"I told him, ‘You’ll see the field soon. Make sure you're ready,'" Etling said he responded. "Sure enough, that week, Del Rio went down, and he got to see the field."
The pair roomed together during road trips at Purdue. They both struggled on a Boilermakers team that combined to go 5-19 in 2014-15.
At LSU, Etling has completed 58.4 percent of his passes for 659 yards. He's thrown three touchdowns and one interception. Appleby has completed 63 percent of his passes for 438 yards with three touchdowns and a pick.
"I haven’t been able to watch his games so far, but I think he’s been playing pretty well," Etling said. "I think that’s a testament to us having a lot of talent in the quarterback room at Purdue. I wish him in the best except when he plays us."
Etling said he and Appleby pushed one another at Purdue.
"We competed hard against each other," he said. "It can be tough in the quarterback room. Only one guy can play. We handled it both effectively. Once we separated from each other, we kind of appreciated that fact that he pushed me and I pushed him."
LSU's Dugas named SEC legend
Former LSU offensive tackle Robert Dugas has been named to the 2016 SEC Football Legends Class, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Dugas will join players from the 13 other SEC schools at a banquet Dec. 2 in Atlanta and will be recognized on the field Dec. 3 before kickoff of this year’s SEC Championship Game.
Dugas played at LSU from 1976-78 and was an All-American and Academic All-American in addition to being a two-time All-SEC pick.
Other honorees include former Georgia and New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Jon Stinchcomb, a member of the 2009 Super Bowl champions, and former Florida and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, the 1966 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the Gators.
Fournette misses another practice
LSU running back Leonard Fournette continues to miss practice.
The star tailback hasn't practiced since before the game against Auburn, a span of nearly two weeks, as he nurses a lingering left ankle injury. Offensive linemen Will Clapp (arm) and Toby Weathersby (ankle) — both who appear to be doubtful to play — did not practice.
Tight end Foster Moreau also did not practice for a second straight day. He suffered an injury in the second half of the win over Missouri.
Defensive end Frank Herron returned to practice after missing Monday's drills. He wore a gold non-contact jersey. The redshirt junior is a rotating player at end with Davon Godchaux. He sported a walking boot on his foot Monday.