ESPN analyst and former LSU star: I don't want any of Purdue's players
Some are viewing Purdue transfer Danny Etling as the possible savior for LSU’s national title hopes.
Etling, of course, came into the game in relief of Brendon Harris and helped the Tigers to a 34-13 victory against Jacksonville State last Saturday. Now, Etling is expected to be the starter of a team many picked to win the SEC.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back and current ESPN analyst Ryan Clark played at LSU. He joined ESPN’s Mike and Mike on Tuesday, and he got the chance to address his alma mater with SEC Network personality Paul Finebaum.
Desperately, Clark asked Finebaum what he thought Les Miles and Cam Cameron were doing at the quarterback position going forward.
“…Les Miles is putting his entire future on a transfer from Purdue,” Finebaum said. “Do you feel good about that, Ryan?”
“I do not,” Clark answered. “I don’t want any of Purdue’s players.”
It wasn’t that long ago when teams would’ve loved to snag one of Purdue’s talented quarterbacks. The QB factory in West Lafayette obviously isn’t the same as what it used to be.
In Etling’s defense, he was a former four-star recruit and he was the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the country. He went to Purdue and started in seven games as a true freshman in 2013, but he lost his job in the middle of the 2014 season to Austin Appleby.
Ironically enough, Appleby also transferred to an SEC school. He, however, isn’t starting at Florida.
Etling won’t be asked to throw nearly as often as he had to at Purdue. With Leonard Fournette in the backfield, LSU will obviously be a run-first team.
But those outside concerns at quarterback, which surfaced when Wisconsin stunned LSU in the opener, don’t appear to be going away with Etling under center.