LSU QB Danny Etling, despite ailments, is captaining a big-play passing offense

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:12:44 AM. Danny Etling was all alone.
Danny Etling was all alone. Every other LSU football player had already returned to the locker room, their pregame warmups complete ahead of the Tigers’ morning kickoff against Arkansas last Saturday. +3  Buy Now LSU quarterback Danny Etling (16) warms up on the field before kickoff against Arkansas. Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK And there was Etling, LSU’s senior quarterback throwing with an equipment manager. Back-and-forth they threw, the only two people on the field as Tiger Stadium filled with fans about an hour before kickoff. This was unusual and confusing. What was Etling doing? Why had he not warmed up with other players like normal? Why did he enter the field after everyone had gone in, him and an equipment man carrying a bag of footballs? The mystery grew after LSU’s 33-10 win over Arkansas, when Etling — a player who appears for media sessions even after the toughest of losses — did not speak to reporters because of a needed visit to the training room. Coach Ed Orgeron yanked the shroud of this mystery on Monday: Etling played hurt. He spent time before the game — and afterward — in the training room, tested out his throwing motion during that solo warmup and then played one of the most efficient games of his LSU career. He played so hurt — no one will reveal his ailment — that the team’s head trainer, Jack Marucci, warned Orgeron. “Danny before the game was hurt,” Orgeron said, “and Jack came to me and said this is going to be tough today. And I...Read more
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