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Stop it with the QB controversies
LSU coach Ed Orgeron made one thing clear in his press conference Monday: Danny Etling is LSU’s starting quarterback. Not Myles Brennan. Not Lowell Narcisse. It’s Danny Etling. And that’s the right choice.
Whether Brennan or Narcisse is going to be the starter in 2018 is immaterial. It’s not 2018. This season isn’t over. And while it’s never a bad idea to start preparing for the future, it’s unfair to the veterans on the team this year to mortgage their last three games for the sake of teams they won’t be on.
It’s not just Etling, though depriving him of the last three games of his senior season wouldn’t be right. It’s for Derrius Guice and Arden Key and Christian LaCouture and J.D. Moore and all the veterans on this team. They might not have a championship to play for, but they still want to make the most of the last month of their college careers.
Brennan will have plenty of chances to earn this starting job. Whether it’s during bowl practices or the spring or summer practices or fall camp. He already has game reps this season, and there’s no reason not to give him a drive or two in the middle of the next few games.
But to completely turn the starting job over to him with three weeks to go? That’s unfair to the members of this team. Etling has not played poorly enough to lose his job. So he shouldn’t lose it. Plain and simple.
In contradictory news
As I do every Monday, I took a deep look at the film of LSU’s loss to Alabama to try to figure out what went wrong on Etling’s missed deep balls. It was an interesting series of play calls that failed for a handful of reasons. But the major takeaway from it is this: Matt Canada doesn’t deserve the blame.
Etling missed on a few throws, both long and short. DJ Chark could have done a better job of getting his hands on the ball one or two times. The timing was off. But the play calls? Canada dialed those up pretty perfectly.
Chark was getting open. It wasn’t perfect. He wasn’t standing alone in the end zone. But relative to what teams usually do against Alabama, Chark was finding space. The pair just couldn’t connect. Which is unfortunate. Because if they do, Canada is being hailed as football’s next genius. And LSU might have one more win.
Fun with linemen
I had some fun Monday talking to fifth-year senior defensive linemen Greg Gilmore, Christian LaCouture and Frank Herron. Each of them had a strong game against Alabama, and all for different reasons. What came from it is this cool little story about how all three of them grew into the players they are right now.
Included in there are tidbits about what motivates LaCouture to get sacks, Herron’s new nickname and why Gilmore listens to Adele and Alicia Keys during game weeks. It’s one of the more fun stories I’ve had the pleasure of writing this season. And those three are always interesting to learn about. Especially coming off a game where they made 10 tackles and 2 sacks.
Watch me, watch me
Fellow SEC Country LSU reporter Alex Hickey and I spoke to fans on Facebook Live for about an hour Monday night, answering questions of all sorts about the Etling/Brennan divide, the future of LSU’s running backs, how close the Tigers are to beating Alabama and more.
You can watch that video below. And be sure to like us on Facebook to catch all of our future Facebook Live videos.
Who can it be now?
We have a new piece of daily LSU content here on SEC Country. It’s called “ Question of the Day” and it’s a place where the topics you’re interested in can be showcased here on the website.
Alex wrote the first one Monday, debating who the frontrunner is to wear No. 18 in 2018. If you have a question you want Alex to answer, tweet it to him at @bigahickey or email it to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you ask the most interesting question, he’ll answer it.
In LSU baseball news
The Purple and Gold World Series begins Tuesday night, where the LSU baseball team gets to face off against itself in a series of six-inning games. The Tigers announced the starting pitchers and coaching staffs for the games Monday in advance of the series:
- Game 1: Todd Peterson (Gold) versus AJ Labas (Purple)
- Game 2: Ma’Khail Hilliard (Gold) versus Caleb Gilbert (Purple)
- Game 3: Devin Fontenot (Gold) versus Cameron Sanders (Purple)
- Gold staff: Sean Ochinko, Ryan Schimpf, Andrew Stevenson, Leon Landry, Anthony Ranaudo
- Purple staff: Kramer Robertson, Greg Deichmann, Cole Freeman, Jared Poché, Alex Lange
Tuesday in arbitrary anniversaries
On this day in 1991, Los Angeles Lakers all-star and international basketball celebrity Magic Johnson announced to the world he was HIV positive. This is one of those monumental moments where sports and culture intertwine to a point where change can be made.
It’s also one of the defining moments in the history of the NBA. So, let’s remember that moment now. Because it was a big one.
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