LSU coach Ed Orgeron said he expects Danny Etling to resume throwing in about four to five weeks, a more favorable timeline than was expected for Etling’s recovery from a minor back operation.
Last week, Orgeron said only that Etling was expecting to go through five to six weeks of rehabilitation. Monday in Shreveport, La., during a stop on his “Tiger Tour” speaking event, Orgeron told reporters, “I expect him to be back in four or five weeks throwing the football.”
He also said that, as expected, Etling is in the hunt to start the September 2 opener against BYU in Houston.
“I expect him to compete to be the starter. He’s a fifth-year senior. He’s a great young man,” Orgeron said.
Etling’s main challengers are true freshmen Lowell Narcisse and Myles Brennan. But Narcisse — who did enroll early and go through spring drills — missed his senior season of high school because of a torn ACL and Brennan won’t enroll until this summer.
While in northern Louisiana, Orgeron also pointed out the efforts of two Tigers from the area. Linebacker Devin White, Orgeron said, “got better on the field and off the field. He’s matured. He’s one of our team leaders.”
White, a sophomore from Springhill, will be counted upon to help strengthen a linebacker corps that lost established starters Kendell Beckwith and Duke Riley.
Orgeron also praised sophomore Rashard Lawrence, a Monroe native who concludes spring as the starter at right defensive end in LSU’s 3-4 set.
“Rashard is one of our better football players on our team right now. Not only a great player, but a great leader,” Orgeron said.
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