LSU is setting up for their 2017 season. With fall camp approaching on Monday, July 31, the Tigers are still settling on a quarterback. Ed Orgeron stated that “Danny Etling will be the starter”, but who really knows? The Tigers have a great amount of depth at the position and could ultimately start a freshman who has no college experience. It will be up to Orgeron and staff to determine which quarterback will lead the Tigers in the right direction. This LSU quarterback breakdown will center around the starter, as well as the backups that could potentially battle for the second spot on the depth chart.
LSU Quarterback Breakdown: Starter
Etling started 11 games in 2016, after Brandon Harris was benched. Out of all the quarterbacks on the roster, he has the most experience. Etling is an average passer, but his long ball accuracy is atrocious. For the Tigers to have success in 2017, Etling will have to up his game. In 2016, the LSU faithful discovered his a knack for throwing the ball into coverage and throwing too many interceptions. If he wants to be the starter, he will have to prove it in fall camp.
The star freshman has everyone in Baton Rouge wanting to see him play in the opening game. He might get that chance should Etling have a poor game. The Tigers love using a two-quarterback system and could wind up using Brennan in that role along with Etling. Brennan is unproven in a college football atmosphere, which is a cause for concern as to why LSU would want to start him right away.
Another freshman that comes with doubt, Narcisse is a player that Tiger fans want to see play, but he may never get the chance while at LSU. With Danny Etling presumably starting and Myles Brennan likely taking his place, Narcisse may not even take the field in an actual game. The 2018 season could be his, however, as Etling will be gone and the quarterback battle will likely be between Lowell and Myles Brennan for the starting spot.
Scott has been at LSU for two seasons and has yet to see the field outside out of Spring Game. He has a ton of work ethic about him but likely will never start. The only way he could see the field in an actual game would be if one of the other quarterbacks were injured or transferred. Scott was a coveted recruit, but just hasn’t given the coaches enough to advance him on the roster.
LSU has a ton of depth under center. Picking a starter for 2017 will likely be difficult for the coaching staff with Etling and Brennan both being quality quarterbacks. The tie breaker will be which one can deliver more and lead the team to success this season. Tiger fans should be happy with whichever quarterback earns the starting job once the season begins.