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LSU OC Matt Canada: ‘Really proud’ of Danny Etling’s toughness

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Danny Etling has had his critics during his time at LSU. But nobody can say the Tigers’ quarterback isn’t willing to push himself through pain.

LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada said Etling showed toughness by playing through a back injury in spring practice. Canada made the remarks during a Tiger Tour event in Baton Rouge, The Advocate reported Tuesday.

Canada said that Etling easily could have taken himself out of action.

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“He certainly showed he’s tough,” Canada said. “He easily could have begged out, easily could have said, ‘I can’t go.'”

Head coach Ed Orgeron classified Etling’s injury as minor, but it was sufficiently problematic to warrant surgery following the spring game.

“A lot of credit to him for his toughness. He wanted to learn the offense, certainly believed, ‘Hey, if I do this, I’m going to learn the offense fast, better [than] if I sit there and tap out and don’t do it,'” Canada said. “Really proud of him for that.”

Etling is expected to resume throwing in a few more weeks. Canada said that he’s sure that the quarterback will be 100 percent by the start of camp.

Although Etling hasn’t been named the starting quarterback for the 2017 season, Orgeron implied earlier this month that he has the inside track on the job. The other primary contenders are true freshmen Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse.

Canada also named Etling as a leader of the offense, part of a group that also includes wide receiver D.J. Chark, running back Derrius Guice, offensive tackle K.J. Malone and tight end Foster Moreau.

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