LSU quarterback Danny Etling will not receive any contact during fall camp, Tigers coach Ed Orgeron said Thursday.
Etling, along with other pocket-passing quarterbacks, will wear non-contact jerseys to avoid contact.
“We’re not going to hit (Etling) at all during camp,” Orgeron said, via The Advocate. “In games, you know, Danny is not a running quarterback. Hopefully he doesn’t have to run many times. If we’re running a dual-threat quarterback, he has to be live in the pocket. Dropback passer doesn’t have to be live.”
True freshman Myles Brennan, as well as possibly redshirt sophomore Justin McMillan, also are considered pocket passers, or pro-style quarterbacks.
Redshirt freshman Lindsey Scott and true freshman Lowell Narcisse, though, will receive contact as both are considered to be dual-threat quarterbacks.
“I put them in a game-type atmosphere. I want to see how they perform, grade them,” Orgeron said. “Even a coach, you’re going to make mistakes in the first preseason game. Hopefully you don’t make those mistakes in the second one. By the time, after four preseason games, we should be ready to play a full game.”
For Etling, Orgeron’s rationale for abstaining Etling from contact also likely stems from his recovery from a back injury this offseason that hampered him last season. He underwent back surgery on April 24 and has been rehabbing from it this summer.
Etling’s lower back injury also caused nerve pain in his left leg that was said to have been severe enough to the point where he “couldn’t feel” it.
Still, Etling started the final 10 games of the season in 2016 after taking over as starter in place of Brandon Harris in the Tigers’ second game. He finished the year with 2,123 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions as LSU went 8-4.
At the SEC spring meetings on May 31, Etling said he felt the best he had in over a year following the surgery.
Despite starting last season, though, Etling, a senior, remains a part of an ongoing quarterback competition for the starting job this fall. Nonetheless, Orgeron has said Etling is the favorite to be named the starter again.
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