Ed Orgeron names Danny Etling as LSU's starting QB

Myles Brennan "a very close second," will serve as backup

August 22, 2017 - 7:47 pm

By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor

The LSU quarterback battle has reached its expected conclusion.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron named Danny Etling as LSU’s starting quarterback on Tuesday evening, officially cementing that the senior will lead the Tigers in the season opener against BYU on Sept. 2 in Houston.

The decision was finalized at a staff meeting Sunday. True freshman Myles Brennan finished “a very close second,” Orgeron said, and will begin the season as LSU’s backup.

Etling, the incumbent, took over under center during the second game of last season and has maintained the job since. He threw for 2,123 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 59.5 percent of his passes.

Though far from perfect — the offense as a whole struggled in losses to Alabama and Florida — Etling and former interim offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger did engineer several record-setting offensive outputs down the stretch.

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