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LSU QB Danny Etling says back is best it’s felt in over year following surgery

Danny Etling

For LSU quarterback Danny Etling, it’s been some time since he’s felt as well as he does now.

Etling said Wednesday at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Florida that his back feels healthy again after undergoing what Tigers coach Ed Orgeron called a minor procedure late last month.

“I’d say this is the best I’ve felt in a year and a half as far as that goes,” Etling told reporters. “I’ve still got some rehab, about three weeks left to keep working and just continuing to grow there. It’s to kind of get healthy again and get all those muscles in my legs to get back strong again. I feel great. I played awhile on it and it’s been nagging me for a long time. To finally pinpoint what was wrong and get that extracted was incredible.”

Etling said he was told by doctors that the back injury was a common one and that it was likely caused from too much strain in the area.

“I didn’t even realize what normal felt like,” Etling said. “Now all of the sudden, I’m sleeping eight hours every night, walking around with no pain and sitting for hours with no pain. It’s been an incredible feeling to get that done.”

Etling, though, has not yet been cleared for all football activities; however, that should happen before the start of LSU’s fall camp in August.

Following the surgery, Orgeron said Etling was expected to be healthy and throwing again at some point during the summer after a few weeks of rehab.

Etling, a senior, was LSU’s starter last season, though he has not yet been named the starter going into this season in the Tigers’ still open competition. Still, he remains the favorite to earn the job.

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Sophomore Justin McMillan, redshirt freshman Lindsey Scott, and true freshmen Lowell Narcisse and Myles Brennan also are competing for the starting quarterback job.

When asked what should be expected from the LSU offense this season under new offensive coordinator Matt Canada, Etling said that remains to be seen.

“We’re still trying to find exactly what our identity is going to be,” Etling said. “But I think you’ll see kind of an identity of what we want to get accomplished in each game. It’s just having a game plan and sticking to our game plan hopefully.

“There’s lots of trying to move their defense around, getting in them in uncomfortable positions, getting some movement and try to undress things a little bit. So you’ll see a lot more things of that nature and some more innovative things that maybe is more on the cusp of college football as opposed to reacting. So we’re going to be pushing ourselves to do things that are new and innovative as well.”

However, Etling added that the offense will look to hand the ball to Derrius Guice, who is one of the SEC’s top returning running backs.

Orgeron and Canada previously have said that they’re looking to establish a more balanced offensive attack, which features more of the passing game.

Etling was present at the SEC spring meetings because he is a member of the conference’s football leadership council.

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(You can follow Dan Mathews on Twitter @DanMathewsATL)

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