Ed Orgeron is done switching QBs; Danny Etling is his guy

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BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU fans who liked what they saw from freshman quarterback Myles Brennan will have to wait before they see any more. Tigers coach Ed Orgeron made it clear Monday that senior Danny Etling will run the show moving forward, putting an end to a two-quarterback experiment that lasted two games.

“Danny is our starter,” Orgeron said. “Hopefully we can go four quarters with him in a very big football game.”

Orgeron re-emphasized that the only reason Brennan played against Syracuse and Troy was to get him comfortable in case Etling gets hurt. Brennan was not an early enrollee, so every snap is valuable to his development.

“We’ve never planned to play Myles in one of the SEC games to just throw him in there,” Orgeron said. “We’re just preparing Myles in case Danny got hurt, that he has some snaps and can perform. And I think he has performed pretty well.”

Brennan has impressive arm strength and has completed 55.6 percent of his passes (10 of 18) for 160 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Etling has completed 60.8 percent (62 of 102) of his throws for 921 yards and five touchdowns. His lone interception came as he was hit while throwing a desperation heave downfield on the final play of LSU’s 24-21 loss to Troy.

Etling also has a better passer efficiency rating than Brennan (150.85 to 126.33).

Orgeron explained the process that he and offensive coordinator Matt Canada had while determining how to use Brennan the past two games. It paints a far better picture of LSU’s communication than what happened on the first play of the Troy game when Orgeron didn’t realize Nick Brossette would start at running back over Darrel Williams.

“We talk about it before the game,” Orgeron said. “We talk about the game plan, and then we talk about the quarterback play and say let’s find a time for [Myles] to go in. You let me know what you think, and I’ll let you know what I think.

“I do converse with him throughout the game: What do you think now? ‘Now one more series with Danny. There’s a couple of things I want to get done.’ And, ‘Now is the right time to put in Myles.’ And we decide on it and do it.”

For now, that discussion will be tabled. LSU remains Danny Etling’s team.

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