Miles likens transfer QB to Matt Flynn

LSU coach Les Miles on Thursday likened transfer quarterback Danny Etling to a former national winner in Baton Rouge. He also discussed Etling's impact on the current crop of signal callers.

HOOVER, Ala. – When Danny Etling transferred in to LSU earlier this summer from Purdue, many in Tiger Country weren't exactly sure what the Bayou Bengals were getting.

According to head coach Les Miles, who met with reporters Thursday at SEC Media Days, Etling is reminiscent of one of his former starters at the position.

"Danny Etling is a big, tall, 6-foot-4, 220 (pounder). Runs pretty well, tough kid, seems to make great decisions and throws the ball pretty well," indicated Miles.

"He has a similar release to Matt Flynn. I kinda like to equate him to Matt Flynn, and if that's the case, that's exactly what we want."

Flynn, from Tyler, Tex., led the Tigers to a BCS championship in the 2007 season, passing for 2,407 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Since his departure from the program, LSU has had a devil of a time identifying and developing quarterbacks, with the exception of Zach Mettenberger's dynamite 2013 campaign.

Etling won't have a chance to compete for the starting job this fall, as he's sitting out per NCAA transfer rules. He will be able to practice with the team, however, something that will prepare him for his final two years of eligibility and, as Miles reminded, push the other players under center.

"You have a guy that understands how to study it and perform," Miles said of Etling. "He's played some football in the Big Ten conference, and now is really in position to compete. I think that putting him in there (will motivate the others). Plus we needed him. Right now we have three scholarship quarterbacks. We need guys that have some age and some experience at that position."

Coming into the season Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings, who Miles hinted should be back from indefinite suspension, are the only quarterbacks on the roster with any experience. LSU also signed Texas native Justin McMillan in the 2015 signing class.

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